magnificent[mag nif′ə sənt]
- The definition of magnificent is something that is exceptional or amazing in appearance.
An example of magnificent are the works of artists Picasso or Michelangelo.
Michelangelo's David is magnificent.
- beautiful in a grand or stately way; rich or sumptuous, as in construction, decoration, form, etc.
- exalted: said of ideas, etc., and also of some former rulers, as Lorenzo the Magnificent
- Informal exceptionally good; excellent
Origin of magnificentOld French ; from Late Latin magnificens: see magnificence
- Splendid in appearance; grand: a magnificent palace. See Synonyms at grand.
- Grand or noble in thought or accomplishment; exalted: a magnificent notion.
- Outstanding of its kind; excellent: a magnificent place for sailing.
Origin of magnificentMiddle English, from Old French, from magnificence, splendor, from Latin magnificentia, from , magnificent- comparative and superlative stem of magnificus, magnificent; see magnific.
(comparative more magnificent, superlative most magnificent)
From Latin as if *magnificens, equivalent to magnificus (“great in deeds or sentiment, noble, splendid, etc.”), from magnus (“great”) + -ficens, an accom. form of -ficiens, the reg. form in compounds of faciens, ppr. of facere (“to do”).