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splendor

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noun splen·dor \ˈsplen-dər\

Simple Definition of splendor

  • : great and impressive beauty

  • : things that are very beautiful or impressive

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of splendor

  1. 1a :  great brightness or luster :  brilliancyb :  magnificence, pomp

  2. 2 :  something splendid <the splendors of the past>

splendorous

also

splendrous

play \-d(ə-)rəs\ adjective

Examples of splendor in a sentence

  1. The palace had lost much of its original splendor.

  2. <the splendor of the ancient monument awed us into silence>



Origin and Etymology of splendor

Middle English splendure, from Anglo-French splendur, from Latin splendor, from splendēre


First Known Use: 15th century


SPLENDOR Defined for Kids

splendor

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noun splen·dor \ˈsplen-dər\

Definition of splendor for Students

  1. 1 :  great brightness <the splendor of the sun>

  2. 2 :  pomp, glory <the splendors of ancient Rome>

  3. 3 :  an impressive feature <The house has many splendors.>





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