magnificent

adjective
mag·​nif·​i·​cent | \ mag-ˈni-fə-sənt How to pronounce magnificent (audio) , məg-\

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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This magnificent place—carved from a storied Baroque palazzo literally built for a pope—will feature a dedicated room for Michele’s clothes that is just about the size of his present home. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Wild World of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele," 15 Apr. 2019 We are taught to hate the more stereotypically Black magnificent parts of us in certain scenarios and to try to be proudly stereotypical as possible in others, for better or for worse. Thomas Page Mcbee, Teen Vogue, "Kendrick Sampson on Masculinity, Race, and Why Men Should Be More Vulnerable," 26 Mar. 2019 It is held at Manial Palace Museum and Gardens, the magnificent former residence on Rhoda Island, completed in 1937, of Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik, a onetime heir to Egypt’s throne. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 Seventeen got a sneak peak at this week’s new episode of American Beauty Star, Lifetime's hair and makeup reality competition series, and OMG, the makeup looks are magnificent. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "This "Descendants 3" and "American Beauty Star" Crossover Episode Is To Die For," 20 Feb. 2019 Our destination was the Château de la Treyne, a magnificent medieval castle atop a cliff, overlooking the Dordogne river. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: Speeding Through the French Countryside in the Audi A8," 25 Sep. 2018 The best place to learn about her is at the magnificent Sudeley Castle and Gardens. New York Times, "36 Hours in the Cotswolds," 17 May 2018 Within the walls of the magnificent castle — which sits atop volcanic rock — Meghan and Harry are set to observe the firing of the One O’Clock Gun. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Scottish Sweethearts! See Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Step Out for Valentine's Eve in a Castle," 13 Feb. 2018 Below, seven of the most magnificent and memorable homes of Grammy winners over the decades. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Grand Estates of Grammy Winners Past and Present," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of magnificent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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magnificent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of magnificent

: very beautiful or impressive : very great

magnificent

adjective
mag·​nif·​i·​cent | \ mag-ˈni-fə-sənt How to pronounce magnificent (audio) \

Kids Definition of magnificent

: very beautiful or impressive a magnificent view

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