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 splendor (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 Housed in the Palazzo Settimanni, a Renaissance gem located in the lively Oltrarno neighborhood of Santo Spirito, it has been meticulously restored to its original splendor and refurbished to house the brand’s vast collections. Vogue, 12 July 2021 The ’80s had gated reverb, the aughts had Timbaland’s beats, and the early 2020s have had the froggy, rasping splendor of Doja Cat’s voice. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 6 July 2021 Credit goes to the Harrises for undertaking a massive, five-year, labor-of-love restoration of the house to bring it back to its original, authentic mid-century modern splendor. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 23 June 2021 Featuring an explosion of lace, embroidery, and toile de Jouy, the collection was an ode to the splendor and decadence of the French Ancièn Regime, filtered through Gaultier’s reliably offbeat lens. Liam Hes, Vogue, 30 July 2021 Things turns pensive and darker, but eventually the melody returns, in full orchestral splendor. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021 An overlooked Brutalist masterpiece, long overshadowed by the Gothic splendor of neighboring St. Pancras, is now the hottest hotel in London. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2020 To get a small idea of its splendor, check out our photo gallery featuring 30 spectacular scenes travelers to India will want to see. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 French Polynesia is associated with beachy, tropical splendor. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2021

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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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“Splendor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splendor. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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