splendid

adjective
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

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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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But the failure of the last generation has been mean and shameful, and no man has arisen from it to say or do a splendid thing in virtue of which it shall be forgiven. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Off The Shelf: The Wrong Dubliner?," 5 July 2019 The cruise was a gastronomic odyssey of afternoon tea and cocktails, long lunches and splendid dinners. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Polynesia's Islands by Cruise," 28 June 2019 Because of fragility, in mid-July 50 objects now on view will be replaced by others, equally or more splendid. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘The Life of Animals in Japanese Art’ Review: From Adorable to Fearsome," 25 June 2019 Meanwhile, Washington’s temperatures on Friday never reached 80, offering splendid and hardly summerlike conditions for enjoying daylight or twilight. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "As summer solstice nears, daylight stretches its hours upon the stage," 14 June 2019 Vacationers enjoy splendid views, the sound of the ocean, and the scent of salt air. Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Owner of Gloucester rental property is seeing red over awning dispute," 24 June 2019 In one scene, panels in the sphere slid open to reveal Alexandra and her companions seated in an airplane; in another, a character called the Lonely Spirit appeared in splendid, eerie isolation. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Meredith Monk’s “ATLAS” and the L.A. Phil’s Extraordinary Season," 24 June 2019 That was a splendid idea on paper but added risk and complexity. Anchorage Daily News, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 23 June 2019 A few miles further south lies the even more splendid palace of Miramare. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "Undiscovered Italy: The Strange and Splendid Carso Region," 20 June 2019

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of splendid

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

splendid

adjective
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

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