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 formssplen·did·ly, adverbsplen·did·ness, nounun·splen·did, adjectiveun·splen·did·ly, adverbun·splen·did·ness, noun
Can be confusedsplendid splendorous

Synonym study

1. See magnificent.
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Contemporary Examples of splendidly

Historical Examples of splendidly

  • Her mother thought she had never heard her sing so splendidly before.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Michael Angelo and Raphael could work as splendidly as they desired.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • Then came a fine troop all in red, nobly and splendidly clad.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • The day began so splendidly, so big with promise of great ideas.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • The river-god entertained him splendidly, and thanked him as best he knew how.

British Dictionary definitions for splendidly



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 splendidly



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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