[ splen-did ]
/ ˈsplɛn dɪd /


gorgeous; magnificent; sumptuous.
grand; superb, as beauty.
distinguished or glorious, as a name, reputation, victory, etc.
strikingly admirable or fine: splendid talents.
excellent, fine, or very good: to have a splendid time.
brilliant in appearance, color, etc.

Origin of splendid

1615–25; < Latin splendidus brilliant, equivalent to splend(ēre) to shine + -idus -id4
Related forms
Can be confusedsplendid splendorous

Synonym study

1. See magnificent.
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British Dictionary definitions for splendid


/ (ˈsplɛndɪd) /


brilliant or fine, esp in appearance
characterized by magnificence; imposing
glorious or illustriousa splendid reputation
brightly gleaming; radianther splendid face; splendid colours
very good or satisfactorya splendid time
Derived Formssplendidly, adverbsplendidness, noun

Word Origin for splendid

C17: from Latin splendidus, from splendēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for splendid



1620s, probably a shortening of earlier splendidious (early 15c.), from Latin splendidus "magnificent, brilliant," from splendere "be bright, shine, gleam, glisten," from PIE *(s)plend- "bright" (cf. Lithuanian splendziu "I shine," Middle Irish lainn "bright"). An earlier form was splendent (late 15c.).

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