splen·​did | \ ˈsplen-dəd \

Definition of splendid

1 : possessing or displaying splendor: such as
b : marked by showy magnificence
3a : excellent a splendid opportunity
b : being out of the ordinary : singular

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Other Words from splendid

splendidly adverb
splendidness noun

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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

splendid, glorious, and superb mean very impressive. splendid is used for something far above the ordinary in excellence or magnificence. What a splendid idea! She wore a splendid jewel. glorious is used for something that is radiant with light or beauty. I watched the glorious sunset. superb is used of the highest possible point of magnificence or excellence. The food was superb.

Examples of splendid in a Sentence

We have a splendid opportunity to do something really useful. I have some splendid news. “We'll be coming out to visit over the summer.” “Oh, splendid!”
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What a warm and splendid book Mr. Roberts’s biography is. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Churchill’s Adversaries Weren’t His Enemies," 20 Dec. 2018 Take one of the world’s most in-demand makeup artists and partner him with one of the fashion industry’s elegant labels, and the results are nothing short of splendid. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Daniel Martin and Cuyana Team Up With a Beauty-Filled Evening," 30 Oct. 2018 In any case, the authors are to be congratulated for a splendid job of research about a critical event in the Cold War that other historians have overlooked or underplayed. Lee Edwards, WSJ, "‘1983’ and ‘The Brink’ Review: The Most Dangerous War Game," 26 July 2018 That is, however, a minor quibble with what is a thoroughly splendid evening. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "C'est magnifique! Saenger's 'An American in Paris' dances its way into audience's heart," 31 Jan. 2018 Everything looks so beautiful, sumptuous, and splendid. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House uses color to underscore its horror," 26 Oct. 2018 With splendid views all around and famous chefs dicing and sautéing for the crowd, what’s not to love? 1. Fox News, "7 fall wine festivals that aren’t in California," 13 Aug. 2015 On a splendid race day Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, Truex got some excellent practice. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Martin Truex Jr. surges into championship picture with deft pit-stop fake-out," 24 June 2018 And there’s beautiful hooping to be found, from the elegant San Antonio Spurs to the Utah Jazz (my favorite oxymoronic team name) and the splendid Donovan Mitchell. Michael Powell, New York Times, "The East Has Fallen Off the Map," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of splendid

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for splendid

Latin splendidus, from splendēre to shine; perhaps akin to Middle Irish lainn bright

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English Language Learners Definition of splendid

: very impressive and beautiful
somewhat old-fashioned : very good


splen·​did | \ ˈsplen-dəd \

Kids Definition of splendid

1 : impressive in beauty, excellence, or magnificence You did a splendid job. a splendid palace
2 : having or showing splendor : brilliant … I knew I would never again see anything so splendid as the round red sun coming up …— Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain
3 : excellent We had a splendid time.

Other Words from splendid

splendidly adverb

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