Definition of splendid in English:


Line breaks: splen|did
Pronunciation: /ˈsplɛndɪd



splendid isolation

Used to emphasize the isolation of a person or thing: the stone stands in splendid isolation near the moorland road
[ late 19th century: first applied to the period of 1890–1907 when Britain pursued a policy of diplomatic and commercial non-involvement]
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  • We are here as a senior club in an area of splendid isolation in a sense.
  • We preferred to decline in splendid isolation rather than prosper in a mundane community of Continentals under the Treaty of Rome which set up the European Economic Community.
  • ‘It stands in splendid isolation,’ the tome says of an accomplishment deemed ‘the greatest single achievement in the long Rangers story’.



[as submodifier]: a splendidly ornate style
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  • This is a splendidly illustrated and richly detailed book about an institution firmly rooted in the English tradition.
  • The injection of tricks into this exaggerated style of b-ball works splendidly.
  • He has produced not only an extremely readable account of Keynes's work but also a splendidly clear and succinct treatment of the major issues.


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  • A happy-go-lucky soliloquy on the splendidness of breasts is illuminated with a veritable taxonomy of sweater puppets.
  • Anyway, there's that load of splendidness and then the DVD ends with the video for Beautiful Stranger - in which she wears too much fake tan but it's likeable enough.
  • Now that we got introductions out of the way, we will be on the road to splendidness together, I think.


early 17th century: from French splendide or Latin splendidus, from splendere 'shine, be bright'.

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