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
Recent Examples on the Web Though a massive forcefield renders its splendor invisible to the human eye, the country boasts incredible wealth and prosperity — a result of its rulers building its foundations upon an extremely valuable mineral called vibranium years ago. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Wakanda Is Absolutely Not The Place Kanye West Thinks It Is," 8 July 2020 In her Instagram pictures, Kylie captured the natural splendor of the desert setting, as well as the resort's five-star facilities. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Inside the Utah Resort where Kylie Jenner Vacationed: 'I Love It Here'," 9 July 2020 Here is a chance to experience—online—the full splendor of Handel’s genius. Paul Jacobs, WSJ, "The Staying Inside Guide: Pulling Out All the Stops," 6 July 2020 Critics worry about sullying a natural treasure and ruining a regional economy increasingly built on recreation and outdoor splendor. Jack Brook, The Christian Science Monitor, "Conservation vs. copper: Minnesota town debates its future with a mine," 2 July 2020 After the antechamber comes the splendor of the burial complex itself, which would have housed the pharaoh’s mummy. National Geographic, "This pharaoh's painted tomb was missing its mummy," 25 June 2020 Chicago: 60 percent Now in its third phase of cautiously reopening, the lakefront splendor of Chicago is 60 percent off this July with an average airfare of $107, according to Skyscanner. Shannon Mcmahon, Condé Nast Traveler, "The U.S. Cities With the Biggest Fare Drops This Summer," 22 June 2020 Enjoy the natural splendor of Jekyll Island, or take a day trip to Tybee Island, located just 20 minutes from Savannah, Georgia. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "11 Best Beaches in Georgia," 20 June 2020 Defiant and stubborn, and attracted to the dangerous splendor of the frontier, Krakauer himself risked his own life in pursuit of grand adventure in Alaska as a young man. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Into the Wild’ author torn over removal of iconic bus: ‘I wrote the book that ruined it’," 20 June 2020

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

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24 Jul 2020

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“Splendor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splendor. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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