Definition of splendent in US English:



  • 1Shining brightly.

    • ‘The partial inclusions of hematite take the form of microscopic rosettes of thin, splendent blue-black plates (pers. observation).’
    • ‘The luster of local material varies from splendent metallic to dull and ocherous.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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Late 15th century: from Latin splendent- ‘shining’, from the verb splendere.