Definition of resplendent in English:



  • Attractive and impressive through being richly colourful or sumptuous.

    ‘she was resplendent in a sea-green dress’
    • ‘The bride was resplendent in a meringue of epic proportions.’
    • ‘Apart from that, she was a picture of dignity and grace, with the kind of beauty that grew resplendent with age.’
    • ‘The sunset was breathtaking, even more resplendent than we had imagined it would be.’
    • ‘Helen and Philip were blessed with a beautiful day, with the church looking resplendent.’
    • ‘In the right sunlight it looks resplendent, its golden walls reflected in the harbour in the foreground’
    • ‘A deep sapphire blue in the afternoon sun, with a few sailing boats criss-crossing its waters, the loch was resplendent.’
    • ‘The children were resplendent in their outfits and were an absolute credit to their parents and teachers.’
    • ‘By the end of the two days the tree will be resplendent with new creative growth in symbolic colours reflecting the four seasons of the year.’
    • ‘It was quite a crowd, radiantly resplendent in displays of unearthly power and beauty.’
    • ‘Five years ago, all this was scarcely noticeable beneath the grime and decay; today it is resplendent.’
    • ‘It was August and the mountain sides were resplendent in Fall colours.’
    • ‘This national event is about tribal and folk life in all its resplendent beauty and colour in the country.’
    • ‘The colourful crackers looking resplendent on a moonless night was an impressive work.’
    • ‘It was a resplendent day, a day much like this one, and I was the only person on the bus besides the driver.’
    • ‘The pump looks resplendent in a new coat of red paint and overlooks a limestone trough filled with luscious red and purple flowers.’
    • ‘Even before the game they encountered problems when they emerged, resplendent in their new jerseys.’
    • ‘Everyone looked resplendent and memories of the day will last a lifetime.’
    • ‘It was shiny from top to toe, resplendent with black beads and sequins so that it glimmered and glistened.’
    • ‘We have seen hordes of elderly foreign tourists in resplendent clothing taking pictures of scenic spots.’
    • ‘The host and hostess, as well as the embassy staff, looked resplendent in national costume.’
    splendid, magnificent, brilliant, dazzling, glittering, glowing, radiant, gorgeous, transcendent, impressive, imposing, spectacular, striking, stunning, glorious, superb, majestic, great, awe-inspiring, breathtaking, fine
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Late Middle English: from Latin resplendent- ‘shining out’, from the verb resplendere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + splendere ‘to glitter’.