adjective splen·did \ ˈsplen-dəd \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

Definition of splendid

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





Examples of splendid in a Sentence

  1. We have a splendid opportunity to do something really useful.

  2. I have some splendid news.

  3. “We'll be coming out to visit over the summer.” “Oh, splendid!”

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Origin and Etymology of splendid

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

SPLENDID Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of splendid for English Language Learners

  • : very impressive and beautiful

  • : very good

SPLENDID Defined for Kids


adjective splen·did \ ˈsplen-dəd \

Definition of splendid for Students

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.



Synonym Discussion of 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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