Etymology
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splendor (n.)

mid-15c., splendoure, "radiance, brilliance, source of magnificence or excellence," from Old French esplendour, Anglo-French esplendour (Old French splendeur, splendor, 12c.) and directly from Latin splendor "brilliance, brightness," from splendere "be bright, shine" (see splendid).

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Definitions of splendor

splendor (n.)
a quality that outshines the usual;
splendor (n.)
the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand;
it is the university that gives the scene its stately splendor
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