Definition of splendid in English:



  • 1Magnificent; very impressive.

    ‘a splendid view of Windsor Castle’
    ‘his robes were splendid’
    • ‘It continues to be an important landmark and those who climb to the top gain a splendid view over the city.’
    • ‘Given that this unique site has a splendid view of the Castle and Old Town, surely upmarket is the way to go.’
    • ‘But even most the poetic estate agent could not boast about the splendid views.’
    • ‘It is rich in historical fact and perspective and a splendid addition to the magazine.’
    • ‘Families stroll and couples jog or rollerblade along the shore and enjoy the splendid views back to the city skyline.’
    • ‘She was a beautiful woman, with a splendid body, and face that held more worries then it should.’
    • ‘Who could wish for a more beautiful and splendid area in which to work?’
    • ‘The weather was fine and I stayed with friends in a splendid apartment in a Georgian terrace near Haymarket.’
    • ‘The coastal train took in some splendid vistas, not least the beautiful mountains at the coast at Kaikoura.’
    • ‘A bunch of Maryhill urchins had a splendid view of proceedings from the scaffolding.’
    • ‘The next day the princess finds a splendid gown of shimmering satin laid out instead of her rags.’
    • ‘It is only understandable that she should choose to have such a splendid and impressive nuptial.’
    • ‘Many years ago I had taken my father on a drive, and from the top of this hill we had a splendid view, with the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky.’
    • ‘However, the legacy he has left is impressive and his many splendid works of fiction will endure for a very long time to come.’
    • ‘This is a splendid style, which makes a strong appeal to the spectator.’
    • ‘Work up an appetite in the beautiful pool, or soak up splendid views of the North Sea coast.’
    • ‘The bank is splendid, open, flat on top and with ace views from each slope.’
    • ‘Built from wood and sago leaves, it is small and very basic but has splendid views over the tops of coconut trees to the lagoon.’
    • ‘The songs are a fine collection of self composed numbers and splendid cover versions.’
    • ‘Some believe it is the reason Chinese have created such beautiful poems and splendid culture.’
    magnificent, sumptuous, grand, impressive, imposing, superb, spectacular, resplendent, opulent, luxurious, palatial, deluxe, rich, fine, costly, expensive, lavish, ornate, gorgeous, glorious, dazzling, elegant, handsome, beautiful
    distinguished, glorious, glittering, illustrious, remarkable, outstanding, exceptional, celebrated, renowned, famous, impressive, notable, noted, eminent, noble, lofty, venerable, exemplary
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    1. 1.1informal Excellent; very good.
      ‘a splendid fellow’
      [as exclamation] ‘‘Is your family well? Splendid!’’
      • ‘She had made many friends and had worked with a splendid committee who gave her wonderful support.’
      • ‘I have come with these splendid fellows whom I met at a Party to which I was invited.’
      • ‘Now we have a swimming pool, a marvellous garden and a splendid folly.’
      • ‘The debutantes all looked splendid, the meal and music were excellent and a great night was had by all.’
      • ‘We had a splendid turnout and it was lovely to see so many people taking part in all the activities and enjoying themselves.’
      • ‘The cheeses are splendid and there is a first-rate patissier on the team.’
      • ‘It was a splendid goal, brilliantly taken after some outstanding close-range control.’
      • ‘They all looked splendid in their winter wear and their lovely selection of hats to match.’
      • ‘I have had the privilege of meeting Brendan, and he is a really nice chap, a splendid fellow.’
      • ‘It's citrus fruit and fresh acidity would pair wonderfully with Asian food but it also makes a splendid aperitif.’
      excellent, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate
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  • splendid isolation

    • Used to emphasize the isolation of a person or thing.

      ‘the stone stands in splendid isolation near the moorland road’
      • ‘Having made its acquaintance in reproduction, we have become convinced that it stands in splendid isolation, separated from the earth by an aura of eternity.’
      • ‘We are here as a senior club in an area of splendid isolation in a sense.’
      • ‘They perform wonderfully and we should be proud of them, but for many Australian city dwellers they exist in splendid isolation to the geography and the concerns of ordinary suburban life.’
      • ‘But he showed tremendous courage to take it up three out and go clear, and battle all the way up the hill in splendid isolation.’
      • ‘‘It stands in splendid isolation,’ the tome says of an accomplishment deemed ‘the greatest single achievement in the long Rangers story’.’
      • ‘We preferred to decline in splendid isolation rather than prosper in a mundane community of Continentals under the Treaty of Rome which set up the European Economic Community.’
      • ‘Isolated, unmolested, crisscrossed by high valleys where you can hike or ride horses in splendid isolation, it is the stuff of adventure-travel dreams.’
      • ‘However, the splendid isolation does bring people together in a spirit-of-the-blitz way, which is how I ended up talking to an editor of a computer magazine in the canteen.’
      • ‘Anyway, here we are, in splendid isolation and shut off from the rest of the world in the expensive and exclusive ‘private’ room.’
      • ‘An attractive and photogenic peak, especially from the Newtonmore end, it stands in splendid isolation alongside the A86 Newtonmore to Laggan road.’


Early 17th century: from French splendide or Latin splendidus, from splendere shine, be bright.