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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Anyone who visited the Garden in the early days would not recognise the place now-every inch is resplendent.
▪ At the top is a doll of the 15-year-old herself, resplendent in white and pink net.
▪ Fields and gardens not far from the site of the explosion now are resplendent with jonquils, azaleas and tulips.
▪ Joe was, as always, resplendent when he traveled to the two political parties' summer nominating conventions.
▪ The hinterland of the Liverpool Range in the summer of 1839 was a resplendent, if temporary, Eden.
▪ They are allowed to hold a resplendent Christmas parade down Fifth Avenue, complete with carriages, sleds and artificial snow.
▪ They wear heavy and very ornate armour resplendent with plumes and ribbons.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Resplendent \Re*splen"dent\ (-dent), a. [L. resplendens, -entis, p. pr. of resplendere to shine brightly; pref. re- re- + splendere to shine. See Splendid.] Shining with brilliant luster; very bright. -- Re*splen"dent*ly, adv.

With royal arras and resplendent gold.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., from Latin resplendentem (nominative resplendens) "brilliant, radiant," present participle of resplendere "to glitter, shine," from re-, intensive prefix, + splendere "to shine, be splendid" (see splendid). Related: Resplendently.


a. shiny and colourful, and thus pleasing to the eye.

  1. adj. having great beauty and splendor; "a glorious spring morning"; "a glorious sunset"; "splendid costumes"; "a kind of splendiferous native simplicity" [syn: glorious, splendid, splendiferous]

  2. richly and brilliantly colorful [syn: flamboyant, unrestrained]


Resplendent is an English language science fiction collection by British writer Stephen Baxter, published in 2006. It is the fourth and final book in the Destiny's Children series.

This book is a collection of short stories relating to the previous three books, comprising new works and previously published stories, including the novellas Reality Dust, Riding the Rock and Mayflower II, an 88-page novella taking place in the Xeelee Sequence that won the 2004 BSFA Award for the Best Short Fiction.

Usage examples of "resplendent".

His shirt and arms were bespeckled with red, but to her he looked as resplendent as a knight in shining armor.

A pair of Guardswomen, resplendent in broad-brimmed hats with white plumes and lace-edged sashes embroidered with the White Lion slanting across their burnished breastplates and more pale lace at their cuffs and necks, stiffened on either side of the doors at her approach.

His stiff, grim figure, the embodiment of officialism, in full Court dress, was supported on either hand by his secretary and interpreter, almost as resplendent as himself.

Several other officers resplendent in crisp whites came to attention, saluting smartly.

Marcus Ostorius Scapula, resplendent in white and scarlet, stood on the threshold.

Amelia stood forth in her yellow satins, massive diamond resplendent on one hand.

Eagle returned, escorting a single man resplendent in rich vestments surmounted by a scarlet cloak trimmed with gems at the collar.

The Absarokee were the most resplendent of the Plains tribes, priding themselves on their appearance and dress.

Kassarim was there, looking resplendent in his necklace of authority as Chief of the Port Authority, and, more telling, he had his favorite wife, the Lady Akua, with him.

Donald, when the paymaster was at length resplendent in his completed toilet, and they were once more under way.

The two adepts and Sam all turned, startled, and saw a resplendent Boolean standing there, flanked by Etanalon in robes of shimmering silver and looking to Sam like the Good Witch of the North.

Frogs loved Mirrinor, and blink-fast dragonflies in resplendent livery, and small midges and gnats and shy green water-snakes and Culicidae and strange, strange things that lived underwater and sneaked around its margins.

The three-tier Czechoslovakian crystal chandelier was the only reminder of its once resplendent grandeur.

At his side, Lord Commander Diegan cut a proud figure, resplendent in his silk and white diamonds and his hair ruffled sable under the bullion fringe of the royal standard.

The Pellinite lord was impeccably groomed, resplendent in brocaded houppelande and silken hose.