splendor

The noun splendor refers to something that is magnificent or grand. If your prom was held in a luxurious ballroom with elegant decor, you might note the splendor of the setting.

The noun splendor has its roots in the Latin word splendere, which means bright. Splendid, splendiferous, and resplendent are all related adjectives used to describe grand, magnificent, and brilliant things. Splendor usually has the connotation of luxury or quality, as in "the splendor of Balmoral castle," or "the splendor of the view at the Grand Canyon."

Definitions of splendor
  1. noun
    the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand
    “it is the university that gives the scene its stately splendor
    synonyms: brilliance, grandeur, grandness, magnificence, splendour
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    types:
    eclat
    brilliant or conspicuous success or effect
    type of:
    elegance
    a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
  2. noun
    a quality that outshines the usual
    synonyms: brilliancy, luster, lustre, splendour
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    type of:
    brightness
    the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
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