lux·​u·​ri·​ant | \ (ˌ)ləg-ˈzhu̇r-ē-ənt, (ˌ)lək-ˈshu̇r-\

Definition of luxuriant 

1a : yielding abundantly : fertile, fruitful
b : characterized by abundant growth : lush luxuriant vegetation
2 : abundantly and often extravagantly rich and varied : prolific
3 : characterized by luxury : luxurious a luxuriant fabric

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Other Words from luxuriant

luxuriantly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for luxuriant


green, grown, leafy, lush, overgrown, verdant


barren, leafless

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profuse, lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant mean giving or given out in great abundance. profuse implies pouring forth without restraint. profuse apologies lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion. a lavish party prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources. prodigal spending luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance. a luxuriant beard lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance. a lush green lawn exuberant implies marked vitality or vigor in what produces abundantly. an exuberant imagination

Examples of luxuriant in a Sentence

an older man who still has a luxuriant head of hair a luxuriant coat of fur

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His avatar has a luxuriant Tom Selleck ’stache, but no arms or legs. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "Magic Leap Headset Test Drive: Off Your Phone and Into Your World," 8 Aug. 2018 His chestnut mop turned a luxuriant white long ago, but a few nips and tucks make his actual age — 68 — hard to discern. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 Ben Power has done the astute, hypnotically cadenced English adaptation, and it has been directed with luxuriant austerity by the celebrated stage and film director Sam Mendes. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 The languorous, luxuriant summer of dream and imagination, of blue skies heaped in fleecy clouds, obviously surrendered, if perhaps for only a single day, to meteorological reality. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "After the solstice, rain and gray skies," 22 June 2018 The usually simple but luscious shrimp-and-pork lumpia eggrolls are punctuated with the additional toppings of luxuriant sea urchin. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "What to Expect at Ma’am Sir, Silver Lake’s Newest Filipino Restaurant and Bar," 31 May 2018 The earliest show him as a baby and a toddler, with luxuriant long red hair. Thomas Hine,, "At Barnes, two Renoirs - father and son - share one show, diminishing the impact of both," 3 May 2018 The painting is gorgeous — the mattress is, in places, pearlescent; luxuriant strokes of teal edge the bed. Cate Mcquaid,, "At the Rose, taking tenderness to unexpected places," 25 Apr. 2018 They were all built on a grand scale and with a luxuriant sense of space, looking like the sort of places the gods might vacation. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "Surreal Los Angeles: Touring the City’s Strangest Museums," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of luxuriant

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of luxuriant was circa 1540

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English Language Learners Definition of luxuriant

: having heavy and thick growth

: having an appealingly rich quality


lux·​u·​ri·​ant | \ ˌləg-ˈzhu̇r-ē-ənt, ˌlək-ˈshu̇r-\

Kids Definition of luxuriant

1 : having heavy and thick growth a luxuriant forest
2 : luxurious sense 1 a luxuriant restaurant

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