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[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.
Also, especially British, splendour.
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 forms
splendorous, splendrous
[splen-druh s] /ˈsplɛn drəs/ (Show IPA),
outsplendor, verb (used with object)
unsplendorous, adjective
unsplendorously, adverb
Can be confused
splendid, splendorous.
1. show, dash. 3. fame, eminence, renown, celebrity. 4. dazzle, refulgence.
1. squalor. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for splendor


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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