from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Great light or luster; brilliance.
  • n. Magnificent appearance or display; grandeur.
  • n. Something grand or magnificent.
  • n. Great fame; glory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Great light, luster or brilliance.
  • n. Magnificent appearance, display or grandeur.
  • n. Great fame or glory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Great brightness; brilliant luster; brilliancy.
  • n. Magnifience; pomp; parade.
  • n. Brilliancy; glory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make splendid; illuminate with splendor; light up.
  • n. Great brightness; brilliant luster: as, the splendor of the sun.
  • n. Great show of richness and elegance; magnificence; pomp; parade; grandeur; eminence: as, the splendor of a victory.
  • n. In heraldry See sun in splendor, under sun.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quality that outshines the usual
  • n. the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand


Middle English splendoure, from Old French splendour, from Latin splendor, from splendēre, to shine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman splendur, splendour, or directly from its source Latin splendor, from the verb splendere ("to shine"). (Wiktionary)


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