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

Example Sentences

The palace had lost much of its original splendor. the splendor of the ancient monument awed us into silence
Recent Examples on the Web During the summer holidays, Ferguson would take road trips across the Scottish Highlands and soak in its visual splendor. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 25 Oct. 2022 With spectacular mountain views at every turn, visitors will be awestruck by its splendor. Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, 5 Oct. 2022 Give yourself an hour to take in every detail of the modernist Hollyhock House’s splendor — especially its embellished glass art windows and magnificent fireplace — and stroll around the semicircular pool, inner courtyard and rooftop terraces. Teena Apeles, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2022 Continuing tradition, the Queen's children would all go on to bring their own families to Balmoral to relax and enjoy its natural splendor. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 And there is no better way to celebrate than cracking into a new book among your summer splendor. Betsy Groban, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 The dazzling butterfly of Russian statehood breaks free to reveal itself to humanity in all of its spiritual splendor! Vladimir Sorokin, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 But the brave souls who persevere are rewarded with the high-contrast splendor of stark white snow decorating bright red cliffs. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 Jan. 2021 The Fruit Loop is a 35-mile scenic drive through the splendor of the Hood River Valley, filled with fruit stands, wineries, breweries and fields of beautiful flowers. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 28 Nov. 2022.

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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