Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman splendur, splendour, or directly from its source Latin splendor, from the verb splendere ("to shine").

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