American English

Definition of splash noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] the sound of something hitting liquid or of liquid hitting something We heard the splash when she fell into the pool.
  2. 2[countable] a small amount of liquid that falls onto something; the mark that this makes splashes of water on the floor dark splashes of mud on her skirt Any splashes on the skin should be removed immediately.
  3. 3[countable] a small area of bright color or light that contrasts with the colors around it These flowers will give a splash of color throughout the summer.
  4. 4[singular] (informal) a small amount of liquid that you add to a drink coffee with just a splash of milk a scotch with a splash of soda compare dash
  5. 5[singular] an article in a newspaper, etc. that is intended to attract a lot of attention Their engagement was the front-page splash in all the papers. a splash headline
  6. Idioms
    make, cause, etc. a splash (informal)
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    to do something in a way that attracts a lot of attention or causes a lot of excitement Her first book made a big splash. Parents still like to make a splash for a daughter's wedding.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: splash