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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Recent Examples on the Web John Cho's hair is resplendent—the approximate size and shape of a shareable banana split—in a promo for the upcoming live-action Netflix adaptation of the beloved anime Cowboy Bebop. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 8 June 2021 With more species of birds and trees than any other area of the world, Central America is the destination among destinations for those seeking to locate the elusive as well as the resplendent nature travel experience. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Rihanna is resplendent in luxe clothing, her face open and trusting. New York Times, 5 May 2021 The strings around him, under Franz Welser-Most, support him in kind, and principal timpanist Paul Yancich contributes vitally to a resplendent performance. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 9 Apr. 2021 It’s not a doom and gloom scenario — although Scorpios love a dash of both in an otherwise resplendent scene. Gala Mukomolova, refinery29.com, 26 Apr. 2021 That danger makes Stromboli a resplendent place punctuated with moments of terror. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2021 The date is January 20, 2020, and the cruise ship has just set sail on a tour of Southeast Asia that will allow its 2,500+ passengers to explore cities like Hong Kong, Keelung, and Okinawa against the resplendent backdrop of the Lunar Year. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Winfrey’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was conducted on wicker chairs in resplendent surroundings outside a mutual neighbor’s home in Montecito, California, where Winfrey and the couple live. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resplendent. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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

Other Words from resplendent

resplendently adverb

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