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[splen-der] /ˈsplɛn dər/
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.
verb (used with object)
to make splendid by decorating lavishly; adorn.
verb (used without object)
to move or proceed with splendor, grandeur, or pomp.
Also, especially British, splendour.
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
Related forms
splendorous, splendrous
[splen-druh s] /ˈsplɛn drəs/ (Show IPA),
outsplendor, verb (used with object)
unsplendorous, adjective
unsplendorously, adverb
Can be confused
splendid, splendorous.
1. show, dash. 3. fame, eminence, renown, celebrity. 4. dazzle, refulgence.
1. squalor. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for splendour
Historical Examples
  • I said, that I should not be affected by the splendour of even a royal title.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I am, myself, as great an enemy to the luxury and splendour of the clergy as he can be.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1 Henry Fielding
  • In our performance it was Mounet-Sully, in all the splendour of his talent, who played Hernani.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The court of Versailles was at this time in all its splendour, if not in all its glory.

  • Enthusiasm bore him up—he was going to his death in all the splendour of his dream.

  • She had caught a glimpse of its splendour upon the night after her return from Winchester.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Nothing could exceed the beauty of their proportions and the splendour of their trappings.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • Her eyes were dazzled by the splendour which glittered at Versailles.

  • He smiled, and dreamt of how he might retain all that splendour there, and then arrange it most effectively.

  • It was as if the splendour of life might boil over and waste to steam and froth.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for splendour


the state or quality of being splendid
(heraldry) sun in splendour, a representation of the sun with rays and a human face
Derived Forms
splendorous, splendrous (ˈsplɛndrəs) adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for splendour



mid-15c., from Middle French esplendour, from Latin splendor "brilliance," from splendere "be bright, shine" (see splendid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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