adjective mag·nif·i·cent \-sənt\

: very beautiful or impressive : very great

Full Definition of MAGNIFICENT

:  great in deed or exalted in place —used only of former famous rulers <Lorenzo the Magnificent>
:  marked by stately grandeur and lavishness <a magnificent way of life>
:  sumptuous in structure and adornment <a magnificent cathedral>; broadly :  strikingly beautiful or impressive <a magnificent physique>
:  impressive to the mind or spirit :  sublime <magnificent prose>
:  exceptionally fine <a magnificent day>
mag·nif·i·cent·ly adverb


  1. the magnificent cathedrals of Europe
  2. He gave a magnificent performance.

First Known Use of MAGNIFICENT

15th century

Synonym Discussion of MAGNIFICENT

grand, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, grandiose mean large and impressive. grand adds to greatness of size the implications of handsomeness and dignity <a grand staircase>. magnificent implies an impressive largeness proportionate to scale without sacrifice of dignity or good taste <magnificent paintings>. imposing implies great size and dignity but especially stresses impressiveness <an imposing edifice>. stately may suggest poised dignity, erectness of bearing, handsomeness of proportions, ceremonious deliberation of movement <the stately procession>. majestic combines the implications of imposing and stately and usually adds a suggestion of solemn grandeur <a majestic waterfall>. grandiose implies a size or scope exceeding ordinary experience <grandiose hydroelectric projects> but is most commonly applied derogatorily to inflated pretension or absurd exaggeration <grandiose schemes>.
MAGNIFICENTLY Defined for Kids


adjective mag·nif·i·cent \mag-ˈni-fə-sənt\

Definition of MAGNIFICENT for Kids

:  very beautiful or impressive <a magnificent view>
mag·nif·i·cent·ly adverb


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