Definition of splendid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsplɛndɪd/


1Magnificent; very impressive: a splendid view of Windsor Castle his robes were splendid
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  • It is only understandable that she should choose to have such a splendid and impressive nuptial.
  • However, the legacy he has left is impressive and his many splendid works of fiction will endure for a very long time to come.
  • Work up an appetite in the beautiful pool, or soak up splendid views of the North Sea coast.
magnificent, sumptuous, grand, impressive, imposing, superb, spectacular, resplendent, opulent, luxurious, palatial, deluxe, rich, fine, costly, expensive, lavish, ornate, gorgeous, glorious, dazzling, elegant, handsome, beautiful;
stately, majestic, kingly, princely, regal, noble, proud
informal plush, plushy, posh, swanky, ritzy, splendiferous
British informal swish
North American informal swank
literary brave
rare splendacious, splendorous, magnolious, palatian
distinguished, glorious, glittering, illustrious, remarkable, outstanding, exceptional, celebrated, renowned, famous, impressive, notable, noted, eminent, noble, lofty, venerable, exemplary
1.1 informal Excellent; very good: a splendid fellow [as exclamation]: ‘Is your family well? Splendid!’
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  • I have had the privilege of meeting Brendan, and he is a really nice chap, a splendid fellow.
  • I have come with these splendid fellows whom I met at a Party to which I was invited.
  • Now we have a swimming pool, a marvellous garden and a splendid folly.
excellent, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate
informal super, great, smashing, amazing, amazeballs, fantastic, terrific, tremendous, phenomenal, sensational, incredible, heavenly, stellar, gorgeous, dreamy, grand, fabulous, fab, fabby, fantabulous, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, awesome, magic, ace, cool, mean, bad, wicked, mega, crucial, mind-blowing, far out, A1, sound, out of this world, marvy, spanking, dope, def, phat
British informal brilliant, brill, bosting
North American informal peachy, dandy, jim-dandy, neat, badass, boss, radical, rad, boffo, bully, bitching, bodacious
Australian/New Zealand informal beaut, bonzer
South African informal kif, lank
informal, dated groovy, divine
British informal, dated capital, champion, wizard, corking, ripping, cracking, spiffing, top-hole, topping, beezer
North American informal, dated swell, keen
archaic goodly


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’.



Pronunciation: /ˈsplɛndɪdnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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'.

  • Early 17th-century examples of splendid, which comes ultimately from Latin splendere ‘to shine brightly’, describe a grand place or occasion. The phrase splendid isolation was first used at the end of the 19th century to refer to the diplomatic and commercial non-involvement of Great Britain in Europe.

Words that rhyme with splendid

intended, unamended, unapprehended, unattended, unblended, undefended, untended

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