adjective mag·nif·i·cent \ -sənt \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

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

  1. the magnificent cathedrals of Europe

  2. He gave a magnificent performance.

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First Known Use of magnificent

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

MAGNIFICENT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of magnificent for English Language Learners

  • : very beautiful or impressive : very great

MAGNIFICENT Defined for Kids


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

Definition of magnificent for Students

: very beautiful or impressive
  • a magnificent view



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