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 tale of that long, weird flight from justice now has a magnificent telling for general audiences.
Backyard telescope users will get their best views for the year of this magnificent world and its iconic rings.
There's the magnificent Winter Palace, the residence of Russian monarchs for nearly two hundred years, which is now part of the Hermitage Museum.
The image is crisp and clear, in part because the moon doesn’t have an atmosphere to distort the sun’s magnificent light.
Special Agent McFadden: The ship was in mortal danger at times of actually going under but the ship did an absolutely magnificent job, the crew members, in being able to keep the Cole afloat.
The attractive room opens to the large beautifully landscaped backyard with magnificent trees plus a new cedar fence, automatic gate, and sprinkler system.
These are portraits of some of the most magnificent white people ever!
THE ONLY THING as exciting as finding a spectacular new plant for your garden is scoring a magnificent, one-of-a-kind work of garden art, and the place to do both is at Sorticulture.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'magnificent'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up magnificent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).