mag·nif·i·cent | \-sənt \

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

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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

Examples of magnificent in a Sentence

the magnificent cathedrals of Europe He gave a magnificent performance.

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From state fairs to the London Eye, Ferris wheels can range from quaint to magnificent. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Are Cincinnati Reds .500 team now? Ask me at All-Star break," 28 June 2018 For a neighborhood party, the music lineup is nothing short of magnificent. Doug Maccash,, "The Bayou Boogaloo lineup, with picks to plan your daze," 16 May 2018 Honestly words can't describe how hilarious and magnificent this is. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jennifer Garner Playing the Saxophone for Reese Witherspoon's Birthday Is My Everything," 22 Mar. 2018 Menashe’s hummus is magnificent, a ring of silky, airy purée surrounding a big spoonful of chunkier, denser stuff; a green rivulet of olive oil; smears of spicy, smoky harissa and green puréed herbs. Jonathan Gold,, "At Middle Eastern restaurants, it all starts with hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel's is magnificent," 15 June 2018 Castañeda has found a magnificent –— and gigantic — cast. Matthew J. Palm,, "Review: El Wiz - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 The Portuguese superstar has been in magnificent form during Los Blancos' run to yet another Champions League final, scoring an astonishing 15 times., "Liverpool Star Refutes Suggestions That Champions League Final Could Become 'Salah vs Ronaldo'," 3 May 2018 For more than 40 years, David Doubilet has been chronicling the magnificent and the mysterious for National Geographic as an underwater photographer. National Geographic, "32 Astonishing Photos From a Career Spent Underwater," 13 June 2018 Young’s reaction was as magnificent as everyone had hoped. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "'Swag champ' Nick Young is so happy to win his first title with the Warriors," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of magnificent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of magnificent

: very beautiful or impressive : very great


mag·nif·i·cent | \mag-ˈni-fə-sənt \

Kids Definition of magnificent

: very beautiful or impressive a magnificent view

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