splendor

noun

splen·​dor ˈsplen-dər How to pronounce splendor (audio)
1
a
: great brightness or luster : brilliancy
2
: something splendid
the splendors of the past
splendorous adjective
or less commonly splendrous

Examples of splendor in a Sentence

The palace had lost much of its original splendor. the splendor of the ancient monument awed us into silence
Recent Examples on the Web The Frieze Art Fair and the Met’s Costume Institute gala start the May art season, which flowers in all its mercenary, status-seeking, and acquisitive splendor. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 18 May 2024 But parenting is still parenting, even in such splendor. Jessamine Chan, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for splendor 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English splendure, from Anglo-French splendur, from Latin splendor, from splendēre

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of splendor was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Splendor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splendor. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

splendor

noun
splen·​dor ˈsplen-dər How to pronounce splendor (audio)
1
: great brightness : brilliance
the splendor of the sun
2
: pomp sense 1, glory
the splendor of ancient Rome
3
: something splendid
the splendors of the past
splendorous adjective
also splendrous

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