mag·​nif·​i·​cent mag-ˈni-fə-sənt How to pronounce magnificent (audio)
: great in deed or exalted in place
used only of former famous rulers
Lorenzo the Magnificent
: marked by stately grandeur and lavishness
a magnificent way of life
The coronation was a magnificent sight.
: sumptuous in structure and adornment
a magnificent cathedral
broadly : strikingly beautiful or impressive
a magnificent physique
: impressive to the mind or spirit : sublime
magnificent prose
know the truth for the magnificent purpose of becoming freePhilip Wylie
: exceptionally fine
a magnificent day
valley crops were magnificent that yearJulian Dana
magnificently adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of magnificent in a Sentence

the magnificent cathedrals of Europe He gave a magnificent performance.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of magnificent was in the 15th century

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“Magnificent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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mag·​nif·​i·​cent mag-ˈnif-ə-sənt How to pronounce magnificent (audio)
: having impressive beauty
the magnificent cathedrals of Europe
: noble entry 1 sense 5
a magnificent character
magnificently adverb

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