Definition of magnificent in English:



  • 1Extremely beautiful, elaborate, or impressive.

    ‘a dramatic landscape of magnificent mountains’
    • ‘If you take a distinguished poem and set it to magnificent music you can make a beautiful song.’
    • ‘Then the Third Earl of Carlisle decided it was the perfect spot for his magnificent new castle.’
    • ‘The curtains rose to a stage packed full of instruments and, in the centre, a magnificent grand piano.’
    • ‘Not much was visible except the floor plan of a once magnificent house and its outside kitchen.’
    • ‘I could not take my eyes off the magnificent central dome with its carved pendants.’
    • ‘They all had magnificent feather crests on their heads in vivid reds and rich gleaming browns.’
    • ‘Even more lavish is the House of the Messii, with the magnificent marble floor in its main reception room.’
    • ‘Due to mist on top of the mountain he was denied the magnificent view from the summit.’
    • ‘They flew up together, free as birds, spiralling round the proud prow of the magnificent vessel.’
    • ‘One of its finest features is its magnificent wooden tower and spire which stand 240 feet high.’
    • ‘Miss Goddard's performance is quite magnificent and worthy of the ticket price alone.’
    • ‘He also noted that many fine artists could produce magnificent works of equine art on commission.’
    • ‘The cathedral, standing proud in a large square, is a magnificent centrepiece.’
    • ‘It was a beautiful warm and calm day, and the view of mountains and lakes were magnificent.’
    • ‘Many sumptuous banquets for nobles and heads of state have been held in this magnificent room.’
    • ‘The gardens are magnificent, overflowing with tropical blooms and huge flowering trees.’
    • ‘Atop the squared hilltop we spy the silhouetted form of a stag with magnificent antlers.’
    • ‘The conception, design and construction of the Millennium Bridge was a magnificent achievement.’
    • ‘Alban recalled how magnificent and queenly she looked, a tall imposing figure.’
    • ‘Itala, Mkuzi and Hluhluwe Umfolozi are all rich in game and magnificent scenery.’
    splendid, spectacular, impressive, striking, glorious, superb, majestic, awesome, awe-inspiring, breathtaking
    sumptuous, resplendent, grand, impressive, imposing, monumental, palatial, noble, proud, stately, exalted, royal, regal, kingly, imperial, princely, opulent, fine, luxurious, lavish, rich, brilliant, radiant, dazzling, beautiful, elegant, gorgeous, elevated, transcendent
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  • 2Very good; excellent.

    ‘she paid tribute to their magnificent efforts’
    • ‘The management, medical staff, fitness guys and backroom staff have been magnificent.’
    • ‘Maybe Dan was impressed by my magnificent pruning of the roses and the buddleia last yer.’
    • ‘You have a magnificent chef who takes pride in the preparation, and doesn't overdo the labelling.’
    • ‘All who travelled had a magnificent time and credit must go to the organisers for their input.’
    • ‘Isn't it fantastic that our town got such magnificent positive national publicity.’
    • ‘Their victory came from a truly magnificent forward effort in which every man played his part.’
    • ‘The adjudicator can only say well done to all concerned on this magnificent effort.’
    • ‘For the most part, the copy editors do a magnificent job, for next to no money, and precious little thanks.’
    • ‘The dances are magnificent and are performed with so much passion that they are a joy to witness.’
    • ‘I'd like to praise the magnificent behaviour of the pupils who handled themselves very well.’
    • ‘Harlequins' wing Ben Gollings added a further try to crown a magnificent effort.’
    • ‘Maybe that will impress our magnificent class leader Margaret when we meet again.’
    • ‘Music will play a key part in the celebrations as the church boasts an excellent choir and a magnificent organ.’
    • ‘The help they received from locals was magnificent and the event was very successful.’
    • ‘It was a magnificent shot, worthy of someone ranked higher than 56th in the world.’
    • ‘That isn't to say the company isn't without some fine, even magnificent dancers.’
    • ‘"The club have been absolutely magnificent, I cannot praise them enough.’
    • ‘All in all, every single one of these reviews is truly magnificent.’
    • ‘The drums are magnificent and each guitar is perfectly layered, in what turns out to be the best sound of the night.’
    • ‘Both do magnificent work in the slums of Nairobi to support the poorest of the poor children.’
    admirable, fine, great, wonderful, notable
    masterly, skilful, virtuoso, splendid, excellent, impressive, fine, coruscating, marvellous, wonderful, tremendous
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin magnificent- ‘making great’, based on magnus ‘great’.