Definition of splendent in US English:

splendent

adjective

archaic
  • 1Shining brightly.

    • ‘The partial inclusions of hematite take the form of microscopic rosettes of thin, splendent blue-black plates (pers. observation).’
    • ‘A large, single crystal of translucent, rich purple, measuring 4.5 cm across sits on a matrix of splendent sphalerite with orange highlights.’
    • ‘Most sphalerite crystals from the replacement orebodies are opaque, splendent black crystals - typically only the thinnest edges transmit light.’
    • ‘The luster of local material varies from splendent metallic to dull and ocherous.’
    shining, bright, illuminated, lit, lighted, brilliant, gleaming, glowing, ablaze, luminous, luminescent, lustrous, incandescent, glittering, sparkling, coruscating, dazzling, flashing, shimmering
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    1. 1.1 Illustrious; great.
      • ‘The snow is so dazzling and splendent when the sun rises, especially in March.’
      • ‘The kit is full of splendent elements, really versatile and useful for catching everyday moments or those one-offs.’
      • ‘The product range is undoubtedly enviable: and is recognized for its splendent design, versatility and craftmanship.’
      impressive, imposing, grand, splendid, magnificent, spectacular, breathtaking, superb, marvellous, wonderful, outstanding, dazzling, stunning, amazing, staggering, sensational, dramatic, awesome, awe-inspiring, eye-catching, picturesque
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Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin splendent- ‘shining’, from the verb splendere.

Pronunciation

splendent

/ˈsplendənt/