making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size, etc.: a magnificent cathedral; magnificent scenery.
extraordinarily fine; superb: a magnificent opportunity; magnificent weather.
noble; sublime: a magnificent poem.
(usually initial capital letter) (formerly used as a title of some rulers) great; grand: Lorenzo the Magnificent.
lavishly munificent; extravagant: a magnificent inheritance.

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin magnificent- (stem recorded in comparative, superlative, and other forms) for magnificus. See magnific, -ent

magnificently, adverb
magnificentness, noun
supermagnificent, adjective
supermagnificently, adverb

magnificent, munificent (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. majestic, sumptuous, opulent; exquisite, sublime. Magnificent, gorgeous, splendid, superb are terms of high admiration and all are used informally in weak exaggeration. Something that is magnificent is beautiful, princely, grand, or ostentatious: a magnificent display of paintings; a magnificent view of the harbor. That which is gorgeous moves one to admiration by the richness and (often colorful) variety of its effects: a gorgeous array of handsome gifts. That which is splendid is dazzling or impressive in its brilliance, radiance, or excellence: splendid jewels; a splendid body of scholars. That which is superb is above others in, or is of the highest degree of, excellence, elegance, or (less often, today) grandeur: a superb concert; superb wines.

1. modest; poor. Unabridged
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magnificent (mæɡˈnɪfɪsənt)
1.  splendid or impressive in appearance
2.  superb or very fine
3.  (esp of ideas) noble or elevated
4.  archaic great or exalted in rank or action
[C16: from Latin magnificentio more splendid; irregular comparative of magnificus great in deeds; see magnific]

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Word Origin & History

1510s, from O.Fr. magnificent, a back formation from L. magnificentior, comp. of magnificus, lit. "doing great deeds" (see magnificence).
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Example sentences
The result is magnificent from start to finish.
You are cruising in the troposphere of Saturn under the most magnificent ring
  structure in the solar system.
Maybe you watched yeast dough swelling as it proofed to become a magnificent
  wreath, a braid, or coiled buns.
The old perky magnificent irreverence kept bubbling out.
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