op·​u·​lence ˈä-pyə-lən(t)s How to pronounce opulence (audio)
: wealth, affluence
the opulence of prerevolutionary monarchs
: abundance, profusion
an opulence of fruits

Examples of opulence in a Sentence

in some parts of the city nearly unimaginable opulence can be found side by side with nearly unthinkable poverty
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Word History


borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin opulentia, from opulentus "abounding in resources, opulent" + -ia -ia entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of opulence was circa 1518

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“Opulence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opulence. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


op·​u·​lence ˈäp-yə-lən(t)s How to pronounce opulence (audio)
: great wealth

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