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 Gourmet flavors include the luscious (raspberry cheesecake) and the unusual (banoffee pie or speculoos, anyone?) Note: The prices above reflect the retailers' listed prices at the time of publication. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "The best Advent calendars for 2019: Tea, 'Game of Thrones' and more," 5 Nov. 2019 Perfumed, sweet and simply luscious, the ripe melon’s flavor and texture is unequaled. Washington Post, "Flood followed by drought equals a good year for melons," 5 Nov. 2019 Unfortunately, finding a waterproof mascara that stays on through a variety of activities—but still leaves your eyelashes looking impeccably long and luscious without clumping—can be a struggle. Braelyn Wood,, "Blinc Mascara Is The Best Waterproof Mascara You Can Buy To Avoid Flaking and Smudging," 30 Oct. 2019 In this stunning and luscious autumnal dish, a medley of fall fruit is tossed with a mixture of balsamic vinegar, honey and ginger, then roasted until the fruit, softened and warmed, is coated in a glorious sweet-tangy glaze. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "Roasting fall fruit deepens their flavor and nourishes the senses," 1 Oct. 2019 If the avocados aren’t ripe, your guacamole is, well, doomed to be dry and bland rather than creamy and luscious. Alex Pastron, Bon Appétit, "The Best Guacamole Is the Guacamole You Make Yourself," 26 July 2019 Her family will remember her lovely flower gardens, dozens of varieties of homemade Christmas cookies and the smell and luscious taste of apple and blueberry pies fresh from the oven., "Irene Lasko," 23 June 2019 Fage’s 5 percent Greek yogurt is particularly luscious. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Grab a spoon. It’s time to make sense of the yogurt aisle.," 16 Sep. 2019 Timmy's hair is luscious, free-flowing, and ICONIC in this trailer. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "The First 'Little Women' Trailer Is All About Meryl Streep and Timothée Chalamet's Hair," 13 Aug. 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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8 Dec 2019

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“Luscious.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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