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

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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

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 The show, at the Scuderie del Quirinale, was splendid. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 23 July 2022 But Stewart, now 77, was an incredibly energetic performer with a flashy 11-piece band, and Score's synth work was still splendid. Piet Levy, Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2022 The playoffs were dramatic and the Cup Final was splendid. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 Trades were supposed to be jamming The Strip, but the first one didn’t occur until the Saints commandeered the 11th from the Commanders and took San Diego County’s own Chris Olave, Ohio State’s splendid, savvy receiver. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 To say that the interior of the Urus is luxurious or splendid would be a gross understatement. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Those are the elite of the elite, either of whom would be a splendid lineup fit. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 July 2022 Orson Welles is responsible for a performance of the professor that matches the power and substance of his splendid direction. Jack D. Grant, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 July 2022 These are the most splendid, knockabout car crashes since Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express and Joseph Kahn’s Torque. Armond White, National Review, 1 July 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 13 Aug. 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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