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



splendor ‎(usually uncountable, plural splendors)

  1. Great light, luster or brilliance.
    • Rudyard Kipling The Just So Stories; How the Rhinoceros got its skin:
      "Once upon a time on an uninhabited island on the shores of the Red Sea, there lived a Parsee from whose hat the rays of the sun were reflected in more-than-oriental-splendour."
  2. Magnificent appearance, display or grandeur.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, The China Governess[1]:
      The original family who had begun to build a palace to rival Nonesuch had died out before they had put up little more than the gateway, so that the actual structure which had come down to posterity retained the secret magic of a promise rather than the overpowering splendour of a great architectural achievement.
    The splendor of the Queen's coronation was without comparison.
  3. Great fame or glory.

Usage notes[edit]

Splendor is the standard spelling in American English, and splendour in modern British English


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From splendeo.



splendor m ‎(genitive splendōris); third declension

  1. sheen, brightness, brilliance, lustre, splendour
  2. renown, fame


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative splendor splendōrēs
genitive splendōris splendōrum
dative splendōrī splendōribus
accusative splendōrem splendōrēs
ablative splendōre splendōribus
vocative splendor splendōrēs