Definition of splendor in US English:


(British splendour)


  • 1Magnificent and splendid appearance; grandeur.

    ‘the splendor of the Florida Keys’
    • ‘Just as the trek started to take its physical toll, we reached the crest of the hill and the Blue Nile Falls appeared in theatrical splendour.’
    • ‘It was very lavish and very imposing, a grueling display of majestic splendor.’
    • ‘It is an occasion celebrated with pomp and splendor, starting with colourful marches followed by vibrant speeches.’
    • ‘He stared up at the magnificent splendor of a truly Roman city, its grand architecture and its air of power and determination.’
    • ‘That place with such grandeur and splendor is enough to make me confused into thinking that I were walking on the street in Paris or in New York.’
    • ‘He lives with his wife, Mary Todd, and their children in considerable splendour in a magnificent period house in Armagh.’
    • ‘It's another thing to be out in creation in some way or another and experience and encounter God's beauty or majesty or splendor or power.’
    • ‘The dress still retained a richness and splendor unlike any garment she had worn since that day.’
    • ‘The snow carpeted the land, bathing the rolling plains in a magnificent monochromic splendor.’
    • ‘Arabian art, according to Streisand, has always been one of great wonder, splendour, and beauty.’
    • ‘The magnificence and splendor of the city is at its peak during this season.’
    • ‘Their adventurous and inquisitive nature explains their fascination with the ancient beauty and splendor of Egypt.’
    • ‘Furniture produced during the Qing Dynasty pursued splendour and a gorgeous appearance.’
    • ‘You look around here and you can't help but realize the magnificent splendour of nature.’
    • ‘The parade showcased the nation's cultural legacy with pomp, colour and splendour.’
    • ‘Trekking is one means of discovering the country along the route, the lie of the land and enjoying nature in all its beauty and splendour.’
    • ‘A modern bank building has enveloped the Palace Hotel, ornate in nineteenth-century splendour.’
    • ‘This tour of past splendor only magnified the shock I received later when I heard the news, and saw the reactions all around me.’
    • ‘The story, a fairy tale that carries a remarkable moral, is brought to animation with magnificent splendor and humor.’
    • ‘The Queen's building itself has a magnificence and a splendour that befits its reputation.’
    magnificence, grandeur, sumptuousness, impressiveness, resplendence, opulence, luxury, luxuriousness, richness, fineness, lavishness, ornateness, glory, gloriousness, gorgeousness, splendidness, beauty, elegance
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    1. 1.1splendors Magnificent features or qualities.
      ‘the splendors of the imperial court’
      • ‘We see them dreaming of the splendours of imperialist Russia, but get very little sense of the monotony they wish to escape.’
      • ‘You can enjoy a walk in the nearby Dubare forest and see many of nature's splendours, from birds to butterflies.’
      • ‘A walk across the Salzach over Mozartsteg or Mozart's bridge, the quaint footbridge across the river, and one is right in the middle of Salzburg's old city and its visual splendours.’
      • ‘What's more, it's easy-to-use, complete with foldout maps and detailed descriptions of the sights and splendours of Bulgaria that the authors have explored and enjoyed.’
      • ‘If destiny had willed otherwise on that fateful Monday, Victor would still have been chasing the rain, in tireless pursuit of the monsoon's elusive splendours.’
      • ‘The Centre organised a demonstration of its services the other day in a city hotel as part of a campaign to enable Keralites to fully appreciate the artistic, cultural and natural splendours of the neighbouring State.’
      • ‘But, is there any such likeness between the loveliness of this world and the splendours in the Supreme?’
      • ‘‘Chaukhandi’ stupa today stands neatly set in lush green lawns, wrapped in the quietude and mystique of history, a fitting introduction to the splendours of the once buried city of Sarnath which lies just ahead.’
      • ‘Slessor, for all the splendours of his verse, had passed his best days.’
      • ‘It is debatable whether an exhibition such as this should show the splendours of a collection or, more historically, also reveal the lapses of the collector's taste.’
      • ‘Holidaymakers come back year after year and, amid the splendours of the Alps, they insist on bourgeois comforts and good Bavarian cooking.’
      • ‘Don't women come solo, to take in the splendours of the temples?’
      • ‘But the Hon Sarah Hervey-Bathurst has apparently turned her back on the splendours of Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire for a country cottage in North Yorkshire where she can be close to her father's gamekeeper.’
      • ‘But if most tourists come seeking the splendours of ancient Persia, it is the tussle between past and present - tradition and change - that is the key to understanding modern Iran.’
      • ‘The splendours preserved today would impress any tourist.’
      • ‘‘It was a foreshadowing of heaven, a foretaste of the splendours that were to come,’ says Sarah.’
      • ‘Portugal's sixteenth-century king Sebastian, ascribed messianic splendours after his death, was a total disaster in life.’
      • ‘But, by 2008, it is hoped that visitors will be able to stroll along a new hour-long trail and glimpse some of the splendours and ideals of past eras.’
      • ‘Tasteful decor, melodious songs and shafts of sunlight from the ample windows provide the perfect ambience for appreciating the subtleties and splendours of curry cuisine.’
      • ‘It would be a good idea if, like Mike Priestley suggested, the building was opened up like a stately home with tour guides showing off the Victorian splendours.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French splendur or Latin splendor, from splendere ‘shine, be bright’.