Definition of luscious
3a : richly luxurious or appealing to the senses her luscious voice swelling and decaying with total control, her low notes booming sonorously — Gary Giddinsb : excessively ornate rich and luscious phrases, thick with imagery — Ruth Park
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Examples of luscious in a Sentence
chocolate cake with a luscious whipped cream topping
a luscious strawberry bursting with juice
Recent Examples of luscious from the Web
Avocado and coconut ice cream Serves 6 (makes 1 quart) Neither eggs nor dairy is required for this luscious frozen treat, which gets its creamy texture from pureed avocado and rich coconut milk.
The official TSA stance on beards is that there is none, but anecdotal evidence supports that a luscious beard isn't safe from an agent's probing fingers.
The taste is anything but; emerging nearly white from the gelato machine, the pistachio was luscious and complex.
Even more, the charcuterie board list includes a half-dozen options for luscious cheeses and cured meats, as well as delicacies of the sea like baby octopus, lump crab and anchovy escabeche.
Copper River salmon is so luscious that any preparation more elaborate than cooked with salt and pepper and/or a bit of lemon seems criminal.
Meanwhile, rather than relying on Janácek’s striking, razor-sharp tonal colors in Sinfonietta, Dudamel sought a thickly luscious ensemble sound, where the strings and brass blended into something larger than the sum of the score’s parts.
But one bite of luscious semifreddo throws this distinction into dispute.
Both of the paintings depict a luscious spread in a style reminiscent of the Dutch masters: in one, a parrot perches on a basket full of giant vegetables, and in the other a cat presides over a colorful feast.
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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 and Etymology of luscious
Middle English lucius, perhaps alteration of licius, short for delicious
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
LUSCIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of luscious for English Language Learners
: having a very appealing taste or smell
: richly appealing
: very physically attractive
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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