Definition of luscious
- chocolate cake with a luscious whipped cream topping
- her luscious voice swelling and decaying with total control, her low notes booming sonorously
- —Gary Giddins
- rich and luscious phrases, thick with imagery
- —Ruth Park
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chocolate cake with a luscious whipped cream topping
a luscious strawberry bursting with juice
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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."
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
agreeable, blessed (also blest), congenial, darling, delectable, delicious, delightful, delightsome, dreamy, dulcet, enjoyable, felicitous, good, grateful, gratifying, heavenly, jolly, nice, palatable, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, pretty, satisfying, savory (also savoury), sweet, tasty, welcome;
: having a very appealing taste or smell
: richly appealing
: very physically attractive
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