[ ri-splen-duhnt ]
/ rɪˈsplɛn dənt /


shining brilliantly; gleaming; splendid: troops resplendent in white uniforms; resplendent virtues.

Nearby words

  1. respirometer,
  2. respirometry,
  3. respite,
  4. respite care,
  5. resplendence,
  6. resplendent quetzal,
  7. resplendently,
  8. respond,
  9. respondence,
  10. respondent

Origin of resplendent

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin resplendent- (stem of resplendēns), present participle of resplendēre to shine brightly, equivalent to re- re- + splend(ēre) shine (see splendor) + -ent- -ent

Related formsre·splend·ent·ly, adverbself-re·splend·ent, adjectiveun·re·splend·ent, adjectiveun·re·splend·ent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for resplendent


/ (rɪˈsplɛndənt) /


having a brilliant or splendid appearance
Derived Formsresplendence or resplendency, nounresplendently, adverb

Word Origin for resplendent

C15: from rēsplendēre to shine brightly, from re- + splendēre to shine; see splendour

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Word Origin and History for resplendent



mid-15c., from Latin resplendentem (nominative resplendens) "brilliant, radiant," present participle of resplendere "to glitter, shine," from re-, intensive prefix, + splendere "to shine, be splendid" (see splendid). Related: Resplendently.

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