splen·​did | \ ˈsplen-dəd How to pronounce splendid (audio) \

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

Other Words from splendid

splendidly adverb
splendidness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for splendid

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

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!”
Recent Examples on the Web But the Golden Jubilee in 1887 was a typically splendid affair. Tom Parker Bowles, Town & Country, 15 May 2022 As splendid as the art of Genoa is, there’s never been a focused look at Genoese art and culture from, say, 1600 to 1700 outside of Genoa. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 7 May 2022 The performers are splendid, uniform in their commitment and expressiveness. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 Michell, working with the splendid editor Joanna Crickmay, keeps ruffling time, inviting us to compare and contrast Elizabeth through the ages. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 Last spring, the company collaborated with Bordeaux’s Château Angélus on an NFT that included an entire barrel of its splendid 2020, which sold for $110,000. Elin Mccoy And Bloomberg, Fortune, 25 Apr. 2022 The fresh ingredients alongside the homemade dressing make for a splendid dish, leaving you feeling light but full. Ashley Dunne, Sunset Magazine, 25 Apr. 2022 Here, the singers, especially the two splendid leads, really seem to be singing for their lives. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 Students from the Academy of Fine Arts were brought in to refurbish the murals in the splendid Sala Basile, where fair maidens stroll among peacocks and giant irises. Stanley Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Splendid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splendid. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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splen·​did | \ ˈsplen-dəd How to pronounce splendid (audio) \

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

Choose the Right Synonym for splendid

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.

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