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1. Great light or luster; brilliance.
a. Magnificent appearance or display; grandeur.
b. Something grand or magnificent.
3. Great fame; glory.

[Middle English splendoure, from Old French splendour, from Latin splendor, from splendēre, to shine.]

splen′dor·ous, splen′drous (splĕn′drəs) adj.


(ˈsplɛn dər)

1. brilliant or gorgeous appearance, coloring, etc.; grandeur; magnificence.
2. an instance or display of imposing pomp or grandeur: the splendor of the coronation.
3. great brightness; brilliant light or luster.
Also, esp. Brit.,splen′dour.
[1400–50; late Middle English splendure < Anglo-French < Latin splendor=splend(ēre) to shine + -or -or1]
splen′dor•ous, splen′drous (-drəs) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.splendor - a quality that outshines the usualsplendor - a quality that outshines the usual  
brightness - the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
2.splendor - the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grandsplendor - the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand; "for magnificence and personal service there is the Queen's hotel"; "his `Hamlet' lacks the brilliance that one expects"; "it is the university that gives the scene its stately splendor"; "an imaginative mix of old-fashioned grandeur and colorful art"; "advertisers capitalize on the grandness and elegance it brings to their products"
elegance - a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste; "she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility"
eclat - brilliant or conspicuous success or effect; "the eclat of a great achievement"


Something meriting the highest praise or regard:
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The greatest splendor and the greatest magnificence one can imagine await them.
Thus, long ages after I am gone, the splendor of the Great Carbuncle will blaze around my name
As the Cynic spoke, several of the party were startled by a gleam of red splendor, that showed the huge shapes of the surrounding mountains and the rock- bestrewn bed of the turbulent river with an illumination unlike that of their fire on the trunks and black boughs of the forest trees.
It was a deep and satisfying pleasure to see the sun create the new morning, and gradually, patiently, lovingly, clothe it on with splendor after splendor, and glory after glory, till the miracle was complete.
Wherefore, as Governor Belcher was fond of splendor, he employed a skilful artist to beautify the chair.
Tom's days were days of splendor and exultation to him, but his nights were seasons of horror.
It is not the honest man, but the man of honor, who shines in his page; his meek folk are proudly meek, and there is a touch of superiority, a glint of mundane splendor, in his lowliest.
Its Sybillic splendor is beaming With Hope and in Beauty to-night -- See
Frequenting the Cafe de Paris, the Boulevard de Gand, and the Bois de Boulogne, during his brief career of splendor, the false Cavalcanti had formed a host of acquaintances.
Because you are too much beloved," said the young woman, in a low voice; "because you are too much beloved by too many people -- because the splendor of glory and fortune wound my eyes, whilst the darkness of sorrow attracts them; because, in short, I, who have repulsed you in your proud magnificence; I who scarcely looked at you in your splendor, I came, like a mad woman, to throw myself, as it were, into your arms, when I saw a misfortune hovering over your head.
They stood a long time on the hilltop, feasting their eyes on the splendor of the Emerald City.
It is an attack upon all churches, upon the pomp and splendor of all churches that have wandered from the Master's path and hedged themselves in from his lambs.