re·​splen·​dent | \ri-ˈsplen-dənt \

Definition of resplendent 

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

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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.

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The fields were resplendent with flowers. She looked resplendent in her green evening gown. a bird with resplendent yellow feathers
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There are jumpsuits from Alexander McQueen, trench and trouser sets from Lanvin, and one red snake-print vest-and-pant ensemble from Versace that is strangely resplendent. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Spring 2019 Men’s Trend Report," 27 June 2018 As for Solange Knowles, the performer upped the ante on subversive beauty while on holiday in Italy, her artistic image centering on bright platinum hair, an onyx manicure—and a sliver of Lake Como's resplendent views for good measure. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Solange Knowles, Kaia Gerber, and More," 20 May 2018 The shadow from that tree is downright resplendent compared to the darkness that eventually besets these Icelandic counterparts of the Hatfields and McCoys. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Under the Tree’ Review: Neighbors at War," 5 July 2018 Just to make sure, Woodlawn is building a resplendent new granite mausoleum, to accommodate more customers above ground. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Colma cemeteries rapidly running out of space for plots," 5 May 2018 At his postgame news conference, Rozier looked positively resplendent in a jean jacket with a leopard-print collar. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "For the Celtics, a Matchup Between Terry Rozier and Ben Simmons Is Paying Off," 4 May 2018 The 11 host cities, many still grungy not long ago, are resplendent. Fox News, "Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image," 20 June 2018 The 11 host cities, many still grungy not long ago, are resplendent. Angela Charlton, The Christian Science Monitor, "World Cup host Russia defies Soviet-era, hostile image with smiles," 20 June 2018 Council member and real estate mogul Ruth McNevin, resplendent in a blue Victorian dress and hat, helped change the models. Ruth Sowby Rands,, "On the Town: Women’s Council donates $20,000 to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital," 19 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of resplendent

: very bright and attractive


re·​splen·​dent | \ri-ˈsplen-dənt \

Kids Definition of resplendent

: shining brightly : splendid

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