adjective re·splen·dent \ ri-ˈsplen-dənt \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of resplendent

: shining brilliantly : characterized by a glowing splendor
  • meadows resplendent with wildflowers
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Examples of resplendent in a Sentence

  1. The fields were resplendent with flowers.

  2. She looked resplendent in her green evening gown.

  3. a bird with resplendent yellow feathers

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of resplendent

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

Synonym Discussion of resplendent

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

RESPLENDENT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of resplendent for English Language Learners

  • : very bright and attractive

RESPLENDENT Defined for Kids


adjective re·splen·dent \ ri-ˈsplen-dənt \

Definition of resplendent for Students

: shining brightly : splendid



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