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[splen-duh nt]
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  1. shining or radiant, as the sun.
  2. gleaming or lustrous, as metal, marble, etc.
  3. brilliant in appearance, color, etc.; gorgeous; magnificent; splendid.
  4. eminent; illustrious.
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Origin of splendent

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin splendent- (stem of splendēns), present participle of splendēre to shine; see -ent
Related formssplen·dent·ly, adverb
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Related Words for splendent

glistening, brilliant, radiant, sparkling, bright, lustrous, scintillating, luminous, shiny, conspicuous, incandescent, glazed, beaming, glossy, sleek, coruscating, effulgent, iridescent, lambent, nitid

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Historical Examples of splendent

  • They had enticed the splendent light-fish into their caverns to give illumination.

    Seed of the Arctic Ice

    H. G. Winter

  • The feldspar exhibited its splendent black crystals in fine relief in the massy quartz.

  • They brought her mother's saddle, splendent with gems and gold, set it on the great red horse, and lifted her to it.

    The Princess and Curdie

    George MacDonald

  • To the outer glozing fame That now attires us splendent, we may add Inmost applause.

British Dictionary definitions for splendent


adjective archaic
  1. shining brightly; lustrousa splendent sun
  2. famous; illustrious
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Word Origin for splendent

C15: from Latin splendēns brilliant, from splendēre to shine
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