lus·​cious | \ ˈlə-shəs How to pronounce luscious (audio) \

Definition of luscious

1a : having a delicious taste or smell : sweet chocolate cake with a luscious whipped cream topping
b archaic : excessively sweet : cloying
2 : sexually attractive : seductive, sexy a luscious actress
3a : richly luxurious or appealing to the senses her luscious voice swelling and decaying with total control, her low notes booming sonorously— Gary Giddins
b : excessively ornate rich and luscious phrases, thick with imagery— Ruth Park

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Other Words from luscious

lusciously adverb
lusciousness noun

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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."

Examples of luscious in a Sentence

chocolate cake with a luscious whipped cream topping a luscious strawberry bursting with juice
Recent Examples on the Web Perfect tarts, luscious eclairs, lavender mousse covered in white chocolate glaze are truly loves at first bites. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The best dessert bars and chocolate shops in and around Indianapolis," 11 Feb. 2020 The translations that follow read like a reclamation of the more tangible details of his life, which turn out to be more luscious than any Swiss postcard., "WELLESLEY — Kanishka Raja, a painter who died last year at 49 from cancer, forcefully and exuberantly made art that dissolved boundaries. The work now feels urgent, and like a salve.," 24 Oct. 2019 His touch is not as luscious or seductive as that of Alexandre Tharaud, whose recording of 19 of the sonatas (Erato, 2011) offers more mystery and sensual atmosphere, as in the dark guitarlike strumming of the G Minor sonata (K. 8). Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Sprawling Recording Focuses on Scarlatti’s Sonatas," 27 Dec. 2019 Could the food at Alma Cocina Latina be as luscious without one of the Mid-Atlantic’s top talents at the helm? Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 17 Dec. 2019 These tend to be bigger, more luscious and intensely fragrant. Nick Kindelsperger,, "The best tamales in Chicago, from Mexican to Peruvian to Delta options," 5 Dec. 2019 The whole thing is as luscious as one of Mrs. Patmore’s puddings. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Readers and Writers: Wrap up your outdoor fall chores and settle in with a good read," 27 Oct. 2019 Featuring the luscious vocals of soul singer Aloe Blacc, the lead single off Tim sounds a lot like an invitation to come out of the darkness and into the light. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Dance Songs of 2019: Staff List," 20 Dec. 2019 But don't dally: This is a holiday exclusive and is only available for a limited time. Ion Curl & Style Styling Kit ($39.99; Who doesn't love luscious curls? CNN Underscored, "Save up to 50% on beauty and grooming during Sally Beauty's 12 days of deals," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of luscious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for luscious

Middle English lucius, perhaps alteration of licius, short for delicious

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“Luscious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of luscious

: having a very appealing taste or smell
: richly appealing
informal : very physically attractive


lus·​cious | \ ˈlə-shəs How to pronounce luscious (audio) \

Kids Definition of luscious

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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