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From Latin splendidus, from splendere (to shine) +‎ -idus (adjective forming suffix).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈsplɛndɪd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛndɪd


splendid (comparative splendider or more splendid, superlative splendidest or most splendid)

  1. Possessing or displaying splendor; shining; very bright.
    a splendid sun
    • 1875, Henry Watts, A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences:
      It is distinguished from xanthocobaltic nitrate by its crystalline form, and by yielding a splendid cinnabarred precipitate with a solution of iodine in potassium iodide []
  2. Gorgeous; magnificent; sumptuous; of remarkable beauty.
    a splendid palace
    a splendid procession
    a splendid pageant
  3. Brilliant, excellent, of a very high standard.
    • 1950, C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:
      "We've fallen on our feet and no mistake," said Peter. "This is going to be perfectly splendid. That old chap will let us do anything we like."
    • November 2 2014, Daniel Taylor, "Sergio Agüero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United," guardian.co.uk
      Hart had to make two splendid saves as Van Persie and Di María took aim and Fellaini should really have done better with a headed chance.


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From French splendide, from Latin splendidus.


splendid m or n (feminine singular splendidă, masculine plural splendizi, feminine and neuter plural splendide)

  1. splendid