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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magnificently adverb

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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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What a magnificent way to eat a bunch of foods at the same time! Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "THIS is the Ultimate Italian Hoagie Meat Lineup," 3 July 2019 Midfielder Rose Lavelle, who had been magnificent, left the game with a hamstring injury, and suddenly the U.S. control of the midfield evaporated. Ann Killion,, "One more game for U.S. women, who will play for World Cup title," 2 July 2019 The trio of diamonds is as meaningful as the stones are magnificent. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan changed her engagement ring and we didn't even notice," 24 June 2019 The collective, overall vision takes advantage of the topography, open space and magnificent views to leverage the asset of the PGA of America. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "First look: Frisco's 2,500-acre Fields development will have a new city center and thousands of homes," 24 June 2019 In 1949, Coward built his first nearby retreat, Blue Harbour, and later erected his beloved, modest one-bedroom Firefly on a hilltop with a magnificent, sweeping view of Jamaica’s coast. Norma Meyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "James Bond’s Jamaican roots," 13 June 2019 The structure is magnificent, with a Venetian Gothic exterior, numerous spires and arches, stained glass windows from another time, even a massive wood tracker organ that was installed 130 years ago. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Brother's Keeper church in Detroit needs new helping hand," 9 June 2019 Her side windows are neither large nor magnificent, nor, for that matter, original. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 Welker doubled up as a receiver and returner in his NFL days, arriving as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and becoming a magnificent dual-threat on the Patriots (2007-12). Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "What’s Wes Welker key coaching point for 49ers Dante Pettis?," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of magnificent

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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English Language Learners Definition of magnificent

: very beautiful or impressive : very great


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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