splendor

[ splen-der ]
/ ˈsplɛn dər /

noun

brilliant or gorgeous appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificence: the splendor of the palace.
an instance or display of imposing pomp or grandeur: the splendor of the coronation.
grandeur; glory; brilliant distinction: the splendor of ancient Greek architecture.
great brightness; brilliant light or luster.

verb (used with object)

to make splendid by decorating lavishly; adorn.

verb (used without object)

to move or proceed with splendor, grandeur, or pomp.

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Also especially British, splen·dour .

Origin of splendor

1400–50; <Latin splendor, equivalent to splend(ēre) to shine + -or-or1; replacing late Middle English splendure<Anglo-French <Latin, as above

OTHER WORDS FROM splendor

splen·dor·ous, splen·drous [splen-druhs], /ˈsplɛn drəs/, adjectiveoutsplendor, verb (used with object)un·splen·dor·ous, adjectiveun·splen·dor·ous·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH splendor

splendid, splendorous .
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