[splen-dif-er-uh s]


splendid; magnificent; fine.

Origin of splendiferous

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin splendōrifer brightness-bearing (see splendor, -fer, -ous; loss of -or probably by shift of stress, syncope, and dissimilation) + -ous
Related formssplen·dif·er·ous·ly, adverbsplen·dif·er·ous·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of splendiferous

  • What Spoto discreetly omits from his text is that Kelly found herself ensnared in a splendiferous prison.

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Historical Examples of splendiferous

British Dictionary definitions for splendiferous



facetious grand; splendida really splendiferous meal
Derived Formssplendiferously, adverbsplendiferousness, noun

Word Origin for splendiferous

C15: from Medieval Latin splendiferus, from Latin splendor radiance + ferre to bring
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Word Origin and History for splendiferous

considered a playful elaboration since its re-birth in 1843, but it was a perfectly good 15c. word, from Medieval Latin splendorifer, from splendor (see splendor) + ferre "to bear" (see infer).

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