lux·​u·​ri·​ant | \ (ˌ)ləg-ˈzhu̇r-ē-ənt How to pronounce luxuriant (audio) , (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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Designed by King Fernando II, this 19th-century Romanticist castle is a whimsical patchwork of turrets and domes overlooking luxuriant gardens. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 12 June 2019 Adelaide jumped on request, and allowed a visitor to feed her with one hand, leaving the other free to stroke her dense, luxuriant fur. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Roos, geese, and a blue-tongued lizard: Behind the scenes at San Diego Zoo Safari Park," 8 June 2019 Serdar was serenaded by a jazz band and joined in the crooning, and sometime after midnight, many of the guests donned fake mustaches to match his own luxuriant example. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Attends Serdar Gülgün’s Opulent Ottoman Ball in Istanbul," 4 Feb. 2019 Kyle Hotchkiss Carone, the man behind Clover Cafe, oozed excitement over his upcoming venture, called American Bar, which will offer rich fare in a nostalgic, luxuriant environment. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Dianna Agron Hosts a Dinner for her Favorite Shoemaker Fabrizio Viti," 6 Feb. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce luxuriant (audio) , 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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