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 South Texas is swimming in plump and luscious strawberries right now. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Texas Republicans push ahead with voting bills, despite backlash," 6 Apr. 2021 Bring them home raw, to cook yourself, or eat them on the patio out front, tossed in a luscious white ragù, nubs of pork sausage clinging to ridges, or layered with eggplant, amatriciana sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano and baked until bubbling. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "A Pasta Factory in Brooklyn," 2 Apr. 2021 Now that warm weather has finally made an appearance, folks with shrubbery and luscious lawns may be on the hunt for a gadget that can make upkeep easier. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 1 Apr. 2021 The extended family now has three locations that offer generous helpings of the luscious meat. Louisa Chu,, "24 corned beef sandwiches you have to try in Chicago and the suburbs — even if you get a freebie from Manny’s," 26 Mar. 2021 Malley’s has traditionally turned out over 15 varieties of their luscious milk and dark chocolate eggs. Beth Segal, cleveland, "This year, Easter joy is a basket fill with old-fashioned treats, anchored by Cleveland’s classic Baker’s Chocolate Whip," 25 Mar. 2021 My grandfather had cleared the acres between his home and the highway for luscious gardens. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "Shine on," 20 Mar. 2021 But Katherine’s use of commercial creamy peanut butter results in the perfect consistency: luscious and craveable. New York Times, "A Luscious Peanut-Butter Wafer Cake That Won’t Give You a Toothache," 17 Mar. 2021 Bridgers is further bolstered when the chorus arrives, and she's joined by singer-songwriter Maria Taylor; the pair's luscious harmonies are accompanied by a string section, sending this song into a bittersweet sense of strange bliss. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "First Out: New Music From Chika, Phoebe Bridgers, Shaed & More," 12 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Luscious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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