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.
Recent Examples on the Web Marcus Allen’s magnificent performance for Lincoln in the CIF finals, Dokie Williams’ for El Camino. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego Stadium farewell: Not sorry to see it turn to rubble," 28 Feb. 2021 The American Team tried to test him on a throw in the end zone, but Taylor did a magnificent job of choking off the route to the sideline, causing the pass to perilously fall incomplete. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Senior Bowl and what they could mean for Cowboys’ draft plans," 1 Feb. 2021 The second reason is Marielle Heller’s sensational film for Amazon Prime that preserves Schreck’s magnificent Broadway performance in all its pathos, vigor and moral conviction. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Best theater in 2020: In a year to forget, virtuoso performances to remember," 8 Dec. 2020 Grades K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 | Cost: $310 Description: Art and engineering combine to create crazy contraptions and magnificent mobiles. Anchorage Daily News, "2021 Summer Camps," 21 Apr. 2021 Guests can also take special tours of Buckingham Palace, where visitors can see many of the Palace’s magnificent State Rooms, though full palace tours are still unavailable due to Coronavirus restrictions. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "The Gardens at Buckingham Palace Will Open for Tours This Summer," 21 Apr. 2021 These aquatic plants, whose magnificent blooms come in shades of pink, yellow and white, are often seen floating languidly on the surface of ponds, marshes and other slow-moving bodies of water. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "Around the World in Eight Plants," 20 Apr. 2021 And, at our own restaurant, Majorelle, Charles Masson celebrates the seasons not just in his menu but in his magnificent floral arrangements that have become an attraction in themselves. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Best Room at ... The Lowell," 18 Apr. 2021 Vanilla bean-muscovado Swiss meringue buttercream encases four magnificent layers. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "How L.A. cake virtuosos learned to thrive on Instagram," 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of magnificent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Magnificent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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