splen·​dor | \ˈsplen-dər \

Definition of splendor 

1a : great brightness or luster : brilliancy

b : magnificence, pomp

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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Don’t miss touring the Greek Revival splendor of the Lanier Mansion, the trickling waters and hiking trails of Clifty Falls State Park or the spectacular views of the Ohio River from the bluff at nearby Hanover College. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 When Bernard has his final hallucination of Robert by the seashore, the old master tells his student that the splendor of the seas dwarf all of humankind’s great magic. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Puzzled by Westworld? Look to Shakespeare.," 26 June 2018 In the late 1960s, Black started the Little Miami Conservancy, which is dedicated to conserving the natural splendor of the Little Miami River. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Helen Black, conservationist who founded Nature Center, saved Union Terminal, dead at 94," 12 June 2018 Black women provided an opportunity for lower-middle-class white women to have the splendor of a maid without the lavish price tag. Ashley Nkadi, The Root, "Domestic Workers: The Women Who Raised America," 27 Mar. 2018 Prime Minister May and her husband welcomed them to Blenheim Palace tonight, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, amid major British pomp and splendor. Fox News, "UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on NATO, Russia and Brexit," 13 July 2018 Jamison Carter’s new sculptures are like stage sets for splendor, together forming a Potemkin village of triumphal bliss. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Jamison Carter's sculptures: Like a carpenter's guide to the cosmos, or earthbound explosions of space," 14 June 2018 And so Cantor feels an obligation to capture the magnitude and splendor of soccer's ultimate struggle. Steven Goff, chicagotribune.com, "'Goooooool!' Andres Cantor is the Spanish-speaking American voice of the World Cup," 7 June 2018 The boat has become a symbol of Tito’s well documented life of luxury and splendor. Washington Post, "Ex-Yugo autocratic leader’s iconic yacht given new life," 23 May 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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