- making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size, etc.: a magnificent cathedral; magnificent scenery.
- extraordinarily fine; superb: a magnificent opportunity; magnificent weather.
- noble; sublime: a magnificent poem.
- (usually initial capital letter) (formerly used as a title of some rulers) great; grand: Lorenzo the Magnificent.
- lavishly munificent; extravagant: a magnificent inheritance.
Origin of magnificent
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Examples from the Web for magnificent
Prince George and his parents are enjoying their first Christmas in their magnificent country home.Prince George’s Christmas: Better Than Yours
December 24, 2014
You were thrilled to see this magnificent woman break out of this one horse town.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
And, most of all, thank you federal, state, and local governments for magnificent public school systems.Up to a Point: Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam
P. J. O’Rourke
November 27, 2014
The magnificent Murray: Murray has been forgotten in Baltimore, but deserves to be remembered.
When I asked what this train would cost, the magnificent Murray waved me away.
If he should do so, the law would compel him to return her magnificent dowry.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Solomon, the Wise, decided to provide them with a magnificent home.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
For the first six miles over most magnificent grassed country.Explorations in Australia
To gaze at me the field-workers suspend the magnificent lethargy of their labors.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
She was certainly, for one so young and so unprofessional, a magnificent reader.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- splendid or impressive in appearance
- superb or very fine
- (esp of ideas) noble or elevated
- archaic great or exalted in rank or action
Word Origin and History for magnificent
mid-15c., from Old French magnificent, a back-formation from Latin magnificentior, comparative of magnificus "great, elevated, noble, distinguished," literally "doing great deeds" (see magnificence).