mag·​nif·​i·​cence | \ mag-ˈni-fə-sən(t)s How to pronounce magnificence (audio) , məg-\

Definition of magnificence

1 : the quality or state of being magnificent
2 : splendor of surroundings

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Examples of magnificence in a Sentence

the magnificence of the great castle hallway is beyond description

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What better time to bask in the magnificence of your melanin than at ESSENCE Festival? Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "The 10 T-Shirts You Need to Celebrate Your Melanin at ESSENCE Festival," 20 June 2019 The 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was the first to be televised, giving the wider public a view of the solemnity of the ceremony, the splendor of the queen's gown, and the magnificence of the crown jewels. Heather Brady, National Geographic, "Vintage photos of royal families from all over the world," 8 May 2019 Standing on the shoulders of such icons as Janet Jackson and Grace Jones—the latter of whom joins her for the Pride Island celebration, at Pier 97, June 29-30—Taylor is magnificence personified. The New Yorker, "Teyana Taylor’s Pride Island Magnificence," 25 May 2018 The 20th- and 21st--century equivalent of such empires have produced some very different expressions well beyond beaux arts magnificence. Steven Stolman, House Beautiful, "Sunnylands: The California Mansion That Has Hosted Frank Sinatra, Queen Elizabeth, and More," 18 Apr. 2019 From there, make your way into the main floor’s expansive hangout areas, with soaring ceilings and a futuristic-style architecture that sets the stage for the magnificence of each respective room. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Damien Hirst Designs the World’s Most Expensive Hotel Suite in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 2019 Outside, allées of linden trees, planted in maturity 120 years ago, have now attained Brobdingnagian magnificence (and continue in their original radial plan across many other properties in subsequent subdivisions). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Live Like Jay Gatsby With a Weekend Visit to This Jazz Age Mansion in Nassau County," 24 July 2018 Congratulations for successfully making it down this list, and cheers to another 17 years of the magnificence that is John Mayer. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Best John Mayer Songs of All Time," 16 Aug. 2018 The magnificence of the mountains, in fact, is a cure-all for anything that might have ailed the film. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Mountain' scales great visual heights," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of magnificence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for magnificence

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnificentia, from magnificus noble in character, magnificent, from magnus great + -ficus -fic — more at much

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Kids Definition of magnificence

: impressive beauty or greatness The room's magnificence awed me.

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