- brilliant or gorgeous appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificence: the splendor of the palace.
- an instance or display of imposing pomp or grandeur: the splendor of the coronation.
- grandeur; glory; brilliant distinction: the splendor of ancient Greek architecture.
- great brightness; brilliant light or luster.
- to make splendid by decorating lavishly; adorn.
- to move or proceed with splendor, grandeur, or pomp.
Also especially British, splen·dour.
Origin of splendor
1400–50; < Latin splendor, equivalent to splend(ēre) to shine + -or -or1; replacing late Middle English splendure < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
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1. show, dash. 3. fame, eminence, renown, celebrity. 4. dazzle, refulgence.
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Word Origin and History for splendorous
mid-15c., from Middle French esplendour, from Latin splendor "brilliance," from splendere "be bright, shine" (see splendid).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper