splen·did | \ˈsplen-dəd \

Definition of splendid 

1 : possessing or displaying splendor: such as

a : shining, brilliant

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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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 But for Central Florida, celebrating 25 years of the Philharmonic in such splendid fashion, the evening was pure joy. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Yo-Yo Ma brings star power to Philharmonic's 25th-anniversary concert," 9 May 2018 Galeano writes in Soccer in Sun and Shadow, one of the most splendid books on the sport. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 For example, anyone tuning in to watch a spacewalk on NASA TV will see splendid views of Earth in the background as two astronauts float around holding funny tools, slowly unscrewing this, or installing that. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the all-American voyage to the last world in the Solar System," 3 July 2018 Grant Park road trip The Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park serves as a splendid home for the Grant Park Orchestra, but the institution takes its music into other neighborhoods next week. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Linda Eder hits a personal best with 'If You See Me'," 2 July 2018 With ten minutes to go, Luka Modric capped off a splendid performance with a goal of epic proportions. SI.com, "Argentina 0-3 Croatia: Caballero's Blunder Costs Argentina as Croatia Qualify for Last 16," 21 June 2018 The view within of long elegant hallways and inviting sitting rooms is faithful to the architecture and furnishings of the most splendid colonial-era homes. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016

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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

: 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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