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  1. brilliant or gorgeous appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificence: the splendor of the palace.
  2. an instance or display of imposing pomp or grandeur: the splendor of the coronation.
  3. grandeur; glory; brilliant distinction: the splendor of ancient Greek architecture.
  4. great brightness; brilliant light or luster.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make splendid by decorating lavishly; adorn.
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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
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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Antonyms for splendor

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Examples from the Web for splendour

Historical Examples of splendour

  • I said, that I should not be affected by the splendour of even a royal title.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I am, myself, as great an enemy to the luxury and splendour of the clergy as he can be.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1

    Henry Fielding

  • In our performance it was Mounet-Sully, in all the splendour of his talent, who played Hernani.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The court of Versailles was at this time in all its splendour, if not in all its glory.

  • Enthusiasm bore him up—he was going to his death in all the splendour of his dream.

British Dictionary definitions for splendour


US splendor

  1. the state or quality of being splendid
  2. sun in splendour heraldry a representation of the sun with rays and a human face
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Derived Formssplendorous or splendrous (ˈsplɛndrəs), adjective
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Word Origin and History for splendour



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

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