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.
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 forms

splen·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 confused

splendid splendorous
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British Dictionary definitions for splendour

splendour

US splendor

/ (ˈsplɛndə) /

noun

the state or quality of being splendid
sun in splendour heraldry a representation of the sun with rays and a human face

Derived Forms

splendorous or splendrous (ˈsplɛndrəs), adjective
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