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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At the park, which is about an hour outside of Palm Springs, spend the day hiking, rock climbing, camping, or even just observing it's natural splendor. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019 White Tank Mountain Regional Park Bask in the splendor of the desert while casually taking photos of or with one of the most recognizable signs of the Southwest. azcentral, "20 great places to take photos in the Phoenix area," 12 Apr. 2016 The 600-year-old hotel sits near a 140-mile lavender field, which comes alive in purple-splendor during mid-June and early July. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Best International Vacations for the Extended Fourth of July Weekend," 25 June 2018 Trash Island is ugly, but its horrors are attenuated by their meticulous construction and visual splendor, and quickly contained. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: Wes Anderson’s Bleakly Beautiful ‘Isle of Dogs’," 22 Mar. 2018 Sweden’s newest royal, Adrienne Josephine Alice, Princess of Sweden and Duchess of Blekinge, was baptized in royal splendor at the Royal Chapel in the Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, on Friday. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Royal Baby Christening! See All the Best Photos from Princess Adrienne of Sweden's Big Day," 8 June 2018 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

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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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