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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The Indian buffet is a moment of American splendor. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: India Oven brings the heat on West Avenue," 12 July 2018 Located in Kansas City’s most iconic skyscraper, the Grand Hall at Power & Light lets audiences enjoy music in a setting of art deco splendor. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Friends of Chamber Music announce a ‘Transcendant’ 2018-19 season," 2 June 2018 The reality of life playing soccer in Nagorno-Karabakh is vastly different from the splendor of the Champions League. David Keyton, Fox News, "As World Cup approaches, a budding team has no opponents," 17 May 2018 Tue 7/10: Irish singer Brigid Mae Power infuses rustic folk music with an incantatory splendor. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This Brigid Mae Power at the Empty Bottle, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week," 9 July 2018 Use Hipcamp to rent a spot just outside a bucket-list park, like the Grand Canyon or Yosemite, to sleep in the same natural splendor without the crowds. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Websites for Finding a Private Campsite," 22 June 2018 Point Given won the 2001 Belmont for Baffert in isolated splendor by 12 3/4 lengths. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Seattle Slew is No. 3 in Triple Crown countdown; Jon White’s final Belmont rankings," 8 June 2018 For some, the marathon provided moments of solitary splendor in the stunning desert scenery. Fox News, "Grueling Marathon des Sables completes another edition," 19 Apr. 2018 Still, 2122 Locust might not have been brought back to its original splendor if Ginsburg had contested the findings of the second engineering report. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball.," 12 July 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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