splen·​dor | \ ˈsplen-dər How to pronounce splendor (audio) \

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 How to pronounce splendrous (audio) \ 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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On a National Geographic Expedition, go beyond the natural splendor and witness ancient ruins like those of Volubilis, explore the historic city of Fez, and meander the medinas of Marrakech. Kelly Barrett, National Geographic, "Flower power: 10 of the world's best destinations for blooms," 7 July 2019 Her focus on the factory counterbalances the collection’s dazzling splendor. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "With this glittering display of silver, a Providence rags-to-riches tale," 3 July 2019 Shark, the older tool, doesn't have the same visual splendor, but provides more detailed information about what an application is doing. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS X, part III," 28 May 2018 Take time to walk the great neighborhoods of Chicago and enjoy the beautiful gardens from home hobbyists brightening up their patch of a city lot to the splendor of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Randy Blaser, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Summer is here. You better enjoy it while it lasts.," 6 June 2019 Khan, for his part, has objected not to the presence of Trump in the United Kingdom but to the splendor with which he is being received. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Royal Treatment," 4 June 2019 The 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was the first to be televised, giving the wider public a view of the solemnity of the ceremony, the splendor of the queen's gown, and the magnificence of the crown jewels. Heather Brady, National Geographic, "Vintage photos of royal families from all over the world," 8 May 2019 The humanism of Beecher and George used the language of religion to invest the individual with great dignity and potential, with actual splendor. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 From the outside, the expansive property seems to ooze splendor. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Prince Charles and Other Royal Family Members Secretly Dislike Buckingham Palace," 27 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce splendor (audio) \

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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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