resplendent

adjective
re·​splen·​dent | \ ri-ˈsplen-dənt How to pronounce resplendent (audio) \

Definition of resplendent

: shining brilliantly : characterized by a glowing splendor meadows resplendent with wildflowersOutdoor World

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Other Words from resplendent

resplendently adverb

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splendid, resplendent, gorgeous, glorious, sublime, superb mean extraordinarily or transcendently impressive. splendid implies outshining the usual or customary. the wedding was a splendid occasion resplendent suggests a glowing or blazing splendor. resplendent in her jewelry gorgeous implies a rich splendor especially in display of color. a gorgeous red dress glorious suggests radiance that heightens beauty or distinction. a glorious sunset sublime implies an exaltation or elevation almost beyond human comprehension. a vision of sublime beauty superb suggests an excellence reaching the highest conceivable degree. her singing was superb

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Resplendent has a lot in common with "splendid" ("shining, brilliant"), "splendent" ("shining, glossy"), and "splendor" ("brightness or luster"). Each of those glowing terms gets its shine from the Latin verb splendēre ("to shine"). Etymologists believe "splendēre" might also be related to Middle Irish lainn, meaning "bright." "Splendent," "splendor," and "resplendent" first showed their lustrous senses in English during the 15th century, but "splendid" didn't show up until over 175 years later; its earliest known use dates from 1624.

Examples of resplendent in a Sentence

The fields were resplendent with flowers. She looked resplendent in her green evening gown. a bird with resplendent yellow feathers
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The boys were resplendent in starched white shirt and gloves; the girls wore long white ruffled dresses and wreaths of flowers atop their curls. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 Alone among the cast, resplendent in coordinating pastels and preening self-regard, the marvelous Mr. Duris embraces the movie’s weirdness. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Zapped by Lightning, a French Teacher Becomes ‘Mrs. Hyde’," 26 Apr. 2018 On the outside, the U.K. institution is resplendent, a world-famous symbol of democracy sitting majestically on the River Thames. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws," 14 Apr. 2019 In addition to a resplendent showcase of jewelry pieces and a musical performance by Jackson and His Computerband, guests were fully immersed in the cosmos via a brilliant experiential dinner. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "Cartier Launches a New Jewelry Collection With an Out of This World Dinner Party," 25 Jan. 2019 The result was a resplendent red wonderland with leather couches, velvet curtains, chandeliers, and Gucci wallpaper. Vogue, "These Are the 6 Gucci-Approved Places to Travel in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019 Tisch, resplendent in a multicolored frock, greeted guests including Kelly Ripa and Sarah Jessica Parker. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Lizzie Tisch Hosts an Art-Filled Summer Soiree in the Hamptons," 16 July 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge has also appeared outside that now famous hospital door looking resplendent mere hours after the birth of each child. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How Meghan Markle's Birth Plan Might Differ From Kate Middleton's and Princess Diana's," 30 Nov. 2018 The resplendent Rockefeller Christmas tree has taken its place at 30 Rockefeller Plaza ahead of the annual tree lighting ceremony, which is scheduled for later this month. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Rockefeller Center Has Picked This Year's Christmas Tree," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of resplendent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resplendent

Middle English, from Latin resplendent-, resplendens, present participle of resplendēre to shine back, from re- + splendēre to shine — more at splendid

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resplendent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of resplendent

literary : very bright and attractive

resplendent

adjective
re·​splen·​dent | \ ri-ˈsplen-dənt How to pronounce resplendent (audio) \

Kids Definition of resplendent

: shining brightly : splendid

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