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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But at last the sun came out and the hillside glowed a resplendent pink. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "SF Pride Weekend kicks into gear with pink triangle installation, Dyke March," 29 June 2019 However, with this abundance of rainfall the hillsides have been resplendent with green vegetation that is now turning brown. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Don’t let your landscaping become a fire risk," 7 June 2019 All of which brings us full circle to Muti, the CSO and its resplendent chorus, directed by Duain Wolfe. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO review: Muti kicks off season’s end with sumptuous ‘Aida’," 22 June 2019 One Sunday afternoon in mid-April, the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera hosted a salon in the resplendent reception rooms of the Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Esther Allen, The New York Review of Books, "The Art of the Possible at Havana’s Bienal," 15 June 2019 The most resplendent of all are the three rose dresses in black, fuchsia, and red, each cut and draped from a single piece of fabric. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Really Feel Quite Lucky”—Sarah Burton Reflects on Her Magical Career at Alexander McQueen," 30 May 2019 In a new teaser released on April 27, Disney revealed the big villain of Descendants 3: the one and only Hades, played by actor Cheyenne Jackson, resplendent in the character’s signature shocking blue hair. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Disney's New "Descendants 3" Teaser Offers a First Look at Hades," 28 Apr. 2019 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

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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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resplendently adverb

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