- 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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Examples from the Web for splendour
I said, that I should not be affected by the splendour of even a royal title.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I am, myself, as great an enemy to the luxury and splendour of the clergy as he can be.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
In our performance it was Mounet-Sully, in all the splendour of his talent, who played Hernani.My Double Life
The court of Versailles was at this time in all its splendour, if not in all its glory.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Enthusiasm bore him up—he was going to his death in all the splendour of his dream.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- the state or quality of being splendid
- sun in splendour heraldry a representation of the sun with rays and a human face
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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).
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