luscious

adjective
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

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."

Examples of luscious in a Sentence

chocolate cake with a luscious whipped cream topping a luscious strawberry bursting with juice

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Chicken and broccoli gets a makeover in the form of this luscious and surprisingly simple sauce. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Rigatoni with Chicken and Broccoli Bolognese," 29 Apr. 2019 Of course, my eye goes straight to the luscious blue chairs and ottoman. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Mary McGee on Decorating a House in Shades of Purple," 17 Feb. 2015 Romantic gowns in luscious pastels, often with intricate embellishments, were worn day and night from Doha to Los Angeles for a global consensus on glamour. Vogue, "This Week, Stars Went for Modern Elegance and Runway Standouts," 1 Apr. 2019 The Jonas Brothers just recently collaborated with their wives and fiancee on the most OTT, luscious, surprisingly hilarious music video (and Sophie was the standout). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Just Clapped Back at Nosy Paparazzi in the Most Brilliant Way," 27 Mar. 2019 The latest issue of V Magazine features Selena Gomez looking absolutely gorgeous, rocking luscious curls and, a cowgirl hat, and flowers all over. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Rocks A Gorge New Look On The Cover Of V Magazine!," 17 Feb. 2015 Not to be outdone, Dell announced a 55-inch 4K Alienware monitor outfitted with a luscious OLED display for deep blacks and fantastic color reproduction. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019 Their luscious foliage is unparalleled for accent and groundcover effect. Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Stunning Hostas," 7 Aug. 2018 Salmon turns from silky and succulent and luscious to chalky, bitter, and lifeless in the span of a minute. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Salmon With Creamy Lemon Rice," 14 Mar. 2012

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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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Dictionary Entries near luscious

lusatian

Lusatian

Luscinia

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lush

lushburg

Lushei

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luscious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of luscious

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

luscious

adjective
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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