[ splen-der ]
/ ˈsplɛn dər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. splendently,
  2. splendid,
  3. splendidly,
  4. splendiferous,
  5. splendiferously,
  6. splendour,
  7. splenectomy,
  8. splenectopia,
  9. splenetic,
  10. splenic

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

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

Can be confusedsplendid splendorous

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Word Origin and History for splendorous



mid-15c., from Middle French esplendour, from Latin splendor "brilliance," from splendere "be bright, shine" (see splendid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper