Definition of resplendent
: shining brilliantly : characterized by a glowing splendor meadows resplendent with wildflowers — Outdoor World
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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
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
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of resplendent
RESPLENDENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of resplendent for English Language Learners
: very bright and attractive
RESPLENDENT Defined for Kids
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