[ mag-nif-uh-suhnt ]
/ mægˈnɪf ə sənt /


making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size, etc.: a magnificent cathedral; magnificent scenery.
extraordinarily fine; superb: a magnificent opportunity; magnificent weather.
noble; sublime: a magnificent poem.
(usually initial capital letter) (formerly used as a title of some rulers) great; grand: Lorenzo the Magnificent.
lavishly munificent; extravagant: a magnificent inheritance.

Origin of magnificent

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin magnificent- (stem recorded in comparative, superlative, and other forms) for magnificus. See magnific, -ent

synonym study for magnificent

1. Magnificent, gorgeous, splendid, superb are terms of high admiration and all are used informally in weak exaggeration. Something that is magnificent is beautiful, princely, grand, or ostentatious: a magnificent display of paintings; a magnificent view of the harbor. That which is gorgeous moves one to admiration by the richness and (often colorful) variety of its effects: a gorgeous array of handsome gifts. That which is splendid is dazzling or impressive in its brilliance, radiance, or excellence: splendid jewels; a splendid body of scholars. That which is superb is above others in, or is of the highest degree of, excellence, elegance, or (less often, today) grandeur: a superb concert; superb wines.

OTHER WORDS FROM magnificent

mag·nif·i·cent·ly, adverb mag·nif·i·cent·ness, noun su·per·mag·nif·i·cent, adjective su·per·mag·nif·i·cent·ly, adverb


magnificent munificent

Example sentences from the Web for magnificent

British Dictionary definitions for magnificent

/ (mæɡˈnɪfɪsənt) /


splendid or impressive in appearance
superb or very fine
(esp of ideas) noble or elevated
archaic great or exalted in rank or action

Derived forms of magnificent

magnificently, adverb magnificentness, noun

Word Origin for magnificent

C16: from Latin magnificentio more splendid; irregular comparative of magnificus great in deeds; see magnific