splendor

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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.

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

SYNONYMS FOR splendor
ANTONYMS FOR splendor

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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British Dictionary definitions for splendour

splendour

US splendor

noun

the state or quality of being splendid
sun in splendour heraldry a representation of the sun with rays and a human face
Derived Formssplendorous or splendrous (ˈsplɛndrəs), adjective

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Word Origin and History for splendour

splendor

n.

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

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