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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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 4 Jul. 2020.

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resplendent

adjective
How to pronounce resplendent (audio)

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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