splen·​dor | \ ˈsplen-dər \

Definition of splendor

1a : great brightness or luster : brilliancy
2 : something splendid the splendors of the past

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Other Words from splendor

splendorous or less commonly splendrous \ ˈsplen-​d(ə-​)rəs \ adjective

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

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This decision to mimic, rather than analyze, the splendors of the church is highly uncommon for a museum, and bracing in places. Jason Farago, New York Times, "‘Heavenly Bodies’ Brings the Fabric of Faith to the Met," 9 May 2018 Hicks removed the dividing walls so that the room, running about 88 feet long and trisected by Corinthian columns, could be admired in all its splendor. Robert O'byrne, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Legendary Manor in Northern Ireland," 12 Oct. 2018 The tiered terrace features four levels of landscaped perfection — with a beautiful home designed to showcase its splendor. Caroline Picard, House Beautiful, "SNEAK PEEK: The Multi-Tiered Garden of Your Dreams," 10 June 2016 The house was restored to Gothic splendor in 2010, crenelated battlements and all. Dominic Green, WSJ, "One Man’s Gothic Fantasy," 26 Oct. 2018 Sport a mishmash of here and there, and, hopefully, your trinkets will keep summer’s splendor alive. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Have Travel, Will Shop: The Best Pieces From Around the World (And Those You Can Buy Online, Too)," 6 Sep. 2018 Such a cool yet classical display of splendor could only have been dreamed up and executed by Karl Lagerfeld and the maison’s masterful ateliers. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Vogue Got an Exclusive Tour of Chanel’s Ateliers While Tonight’s Métiers d’Art Collection Was Being Made," 5 Dec. 2018 With its cheerfully crowd-seeking title, the Met’s exhibition of pre-Columbian art promises an unabashed celebration of splendor. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 Las Vegas is no stranger to European influence, but its replicas of the Trevi Fountain, Eiffel Tower, and Rialto Bridge are more caricature than truth, more kitsch than Old World splendor. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "There's a Newcomer to The Strip: the NoMad Las Vegas," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of splendor

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

History and Etymology for splendor

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

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English Language Learners Definition of splendor

: great and impressive beauty
: things that are very beautiful or impressive


splen·​dor | \ ˈsplen-dər \

Kids Definition of splendor

1 : great brightness the splendor of the sun
2 : pomp, glory the splendors of ancient Rome
3 : an impressive feature The house has many splendors.

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