from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Splendid in appearance; grand: a magnificent palace.
- adj. Grand or noble in thought or deed; exalted.
- adj. Outstanding of its kind; superlative: a magnificent place for sailing. See Synonyms at grand.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Grand, elegant or splendid in appearance.
- adj. Grand or noble in action.
- adj. Exceptional for its kind.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Doing grand things; admirable in action; displaying great power or opulence, especially in building, way of living, and munificence.
- adj. Grand in appearance; exhibiting grandeur or splendor; splendid; pompous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Great in deeds or action; especially, very liberal; munificent; generous; open-handed.
- Making a great show; possessing or pretending to greatness; stately; ostentatious.
- Grand in appearance or character; exhibiting greatness; splendid; brilliant; of extraordinary excellence: as, a magnificent building or view; a magnificent victory or poem; magnificent conceptions.
- Exhibiting greatness of size or extent: as, the preparations were upon a magnificent scale; a city of magnificent distances.
- Synonyms Superb, Splendid, etc. (see grand); imposing, august, gorgeous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by grandeur
Middle English, from Old French, from magnificence, splendor, from Latin magnificentia, from , magnificent- comparative and superlative stem of magnificus, magnificent; see magnific.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin as if *magnificens, equivalent to magnificus ("great in deeds or sentiment, noble, splendid, etc."), from magnus ("great") + -ficens, an accom. form of -ficiens, the reg. form in compounds of faciens, ppr. of facere ("to do"). (Wiktionary)