Definition of magnificent
1 : great in deed or exalted in place —used only of former famous rulers Lorenzo the Magnificent
2 : marked by stately grandeur and lavishness a magnificent way of life The coronation was a magnificent sight.
3 : sumptuous in structure and adornment a magnificent cathedral; broadly : strikingly beautiful or impressive a magnificent physique
4 : impressive to the mind or spirit : sublime magnificent prose know the truth for the magnificent purpose of becoming free — Philip Wylie
5 : exceptionally fine a magnificent day valley crops were magnificent that year — Julian Dana
Examples of magnificent in a Sentence
the magnificent cathedrals of Europe
He gave a magnificent performance.
Recent Examples of magnificent from the Web
The show closed with a magnificent bridal look with adorned sleeves and a bow.
A steady crush of visitors shuffled through the muggy one-way route leading to the payoff: the magnificent Hall of Mirrors.
In breaching, the magnificent animal succeeds in throwing a flopping fish on board as well.
Again, amazing grace and balance, but so sad in both cases to see such magnificent beings in such bleak concrete, steel and glass enclosures leading a life of social and sensory deprivation compared to their wild brethren.
One reason is the bump from The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown’s best-seller about the University of Washington’s magnificent victory over the Germans in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
The centerpiece is a magnificent Roman theater dating back to the second century that survived intact until the current conflict.
Both emphasized depth and constant roster evolution as a means to better support a nucleus of magnificent stars.
Hancock articulated the text cleanly with magnificent vaulted lines.
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First Known Use of magnificent
Synonym Discussion of magnificent
MAGNIFICENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of magnificent for English Language Learners
: very beautiful or impressive : very great
MAGNIFICENT Defined for Kids
Definition of magnificent for Students
: very beautiful or impressive a magnificent view
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