Simple Definition of luscious
: having a very appealing taste or smell
: richly appealing
: very physically attractive
Examples of luscious in a sentence
chocolate cake with a luscious whipped cream topping
<a luscious strawberry bursting with juice>
Did You Know?
Have you ever heard a young child say something is licius when he or she really means it's "delicious"? Back in the Middle Ages, the word licius was sometimes used as a shortened form of delicious by adults and kids alike. Linguists believe that luscious developed when licius was further altered by 15th-century speakers. Both words ultimately derive from the Latin verb delicere, meaning "to entice by charm or attraction." The adjective lush, which can sometimes mean "delicious" as well, is not a shortened form of luscious; it derived on its own from the Middle English lusch, meaning "soft or tender."
Origin of luscious
Middle English lucius, perhaps alteration of licius, short for delicious
First Known Use: 15th century
LUSCIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of luscious for Students
1 : having a delicious taste or smell <Children gathered around and stared longingly at the luscious fruit while the adults gulped with their mouths watering. — Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon>
2 : delightful to hear, see, or feel <a luscious singing voice>
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