One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shining more brightly than others; pre-eminently radiant or glorious.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in The ix ladyes worthy. From classical Latin praefulgent-, praefulgēns shining more brightly, outstanding, use as adjective of present participle of praefulgēre to shine with outstanding brightness, to be outstanding from prae- + fulgēre to shine. Compare Spanish prefulgente.
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