Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Splendid: "The working genius of American design has been . . . a refining of utilitarian purity into a kind of splendiferous native simplicity” ( Jay Cocks).

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  • adj. beautiful, splendid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Splendor-bearing; splendid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Splendor-bearing; splendid; brilliant; gorgeous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having great beauty and splendor

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin splendiferus, from Late Latin splendōrifer : Latin splendor, splendor; see splendor + Latin -fer, -fer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin splendorifer, from Latin splendor + ferro ("to bear"), reintroduced humourously into English c. 1837. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Perlman, the "splendiferous" author of the current spotlighted review, wasted no time savaging my contribution.

    My Amazon Review of Mrs.Cheney's latest book

  • We should have been very sorry if such a "splendiferous" phenomenon had been obscured by envious boa or pelisse, or lost to the proprieties of costume.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844

  • Scroggles looked round at his comrades, as if to appeal to their judgment as to the fitness of the word, but not receiving any encouragement, he thrust down the glowing tobacco in his pipe with the end of his little finger, and reiterated the word "splendiferous" with marked emphasis.

    The Red Eric

  • Little did I know that "splendiferous" means "tastes like the sweat off a dog's nuts."

    GamePolitics News

  • You can download everything needed to hold your very own splendiferous Peach Party here.

    Roald Dahl Day

  • For the reader I am -- and, if I remember accurately, the reader I was even then -- they're okay, but nothing magically splendiferous.

    The album cover meme.

  • It was a splendiferous day outside – the glens with their meadows of sunshine and dew all around us.

    Gentle Rare | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles

  • In 1565, Eliseus Libaerts, a Flemish goldsmith working in the French Mannerist style, created a horse-and-rider ensemble for Erik XIV of Sweden, who never got to wear his splendiferous outfit.

    Breathtaking Armor Fit for a Prince

  • Four Seasons The pool at the Four Seasons Resort Carmelo Colonia, in fact, would seem to be the most mysterious place in Uruguay—whose popular beach towns I've explored widely—had I not arrived from Carmelo, an hour's drive inland, where the Four Seasons has operated a splendiferous resort since 2001.

    A Great Escape

  • He sees it as a state with great strengths, which he is happy to rattle off in the vein of last October's Time magazine cover story on the state's splendiferous assets, and which anyone who pays attention to California can imagine.

    The California as First "Failed State" Debate: Schwarzenegger, Davis, Whitman, and Jerry Brown

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  • Doesn't belong here, but since I'm not a native speaker, you MIGHT forgive me that.

    November 16, 2007

  • having great beauty and splender.

    October 31, 2007

  • I love Phoenix Wright. But I have an OBJECTION! to that citation. The word's been around a lot longer than the games.

    August 2, 2007


  • Creation of the character Redd White, taken from the Phoenix Wright videogame series.

    August 1, 2007