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

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 (meaning, among other things, "shining" or "brilliant"), splendent ("shining" or "glossy"), and splendor ("brightness" or "luster"). Each of these glowing terms gets its shine from the Latin verb splendēre ("to shine"). In the case of resplendent, the prefix re- added to splendēre, formed the Latin resplendēre, meaning "to shine back." Splendent, splendor, and resplendent were first used in English during the 15th century, but splendid didn't light up our language until over 175 years later; its earliest known use dates from the early 1600s.

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
Recent Examples on the Web The Mexican actress, here making her feature film debut, is resplendent in the film. Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 15 June 2022 In these touches, function finds its most resplendent form. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 The horns immediately set the tone with a resplendent reading of the hunting music. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 11 July 2022 The couple were known for hosting elegant dinner parties at the estate—Venet was an accomplished chef—at once resplendent and relaxed. Vogue, 29 Apr. 2022 Such finesse can be seen on the vase in question, which is resplendent with depictions of clouds, cranes, fans, flutes, and bats. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2022 The red carpet was resplendent with beautiful gowns, as per usual. Sam Sussman, Vogue, 5 Mar. 2022 Most folks wind up in the comparatively cooler, refreshing air mass behind the front by Sunday morning, with resplendent sunshine and highs in the 70s and lower 80s for most north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 Fenway Park was resplendent just before sunset on the last night of spring. Globe Staff,, 23 June 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of resplendent

: shining brightly : splendid

Other Words from resplendent

resplendently adverb


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