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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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  • Sculptures and tapestries add to the overall feeling of splendour.
  • Her songs were full of complicated splendour and yet almost unfailingly touched the deepest chords of your heart.
  • Here's where electric motors show their splendour: they operate with high efficiency over wide loading and frequency ranges.
  • The ban on food and drinks is more than made up for by the room's baronial splendour and startling emptiness.
  • Still more the aesthetic joy of seeing you in your proper setting of luxury and splendour.
  • Nor does the splendour of its eloquence show any falling off from that exemplar.
  • King and cardinal vied with one another in splendour and ingenuity.
  • His parents derived from their virtue a splendour which their birth or rank in the world did not afford them.
  • Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendour, can never confer real happiness.
  • They are quiet birds, not remarkable for their song, but make up for this deficiency by the splendour of their plumage.
British Dictionary definitions for splendour


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 splendour



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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