There's a Vietnamese girl in my class who struggles with English. She asks me the meaning of words. The instructor said, "When you have successfully finished this course you shall become a more splendid adult." Sounds somewhat pretentious, but she asked me what splendid meant. So I said it meant perfect, in-balance and pretty. When I went home and looked it up, the definitions were different. I also told her that it wasn't a word that a young person would use. I don't think I've ever used it. It's up there with glorious. splen·did ( P ) Pronunciation Key (splndd) adj. Brilliant with light or color; radiant: a splendid field of poppies. Imposing by reason of showiness or grandeur; magnificent: splendid costumes. Admired by many; illustrious: splendid achievements. Admirable for boldness or purity; surpassing: splendid character. Very good or satisfying; praiseworthy: a splendid performance in the examinations.