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Definition of opulent

: exhibiting or characterized by opulence: such as
a : having a large estate or property : wealthy hoping to marry an opulent widow opulent industrialists
b : amply or plentifully provided or fashioned often to the point of ostentation living in opulent comfort opulent furnishings an opulent hotel

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Other Words from opulent

opulently adverb

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rich, wealthy, affluent, opulent mean having goods, property, and money in abundance. rich implies having more than enough to gratify normal needs or desires. became rich through shrewd investing wealthy stresses the possession of property and intrinsically valuable things. wealthy landowners affluent suggests prosperity and an increasing wealth. an affluent society opulent suggests lavish expenditure and display of great wealth, more often applying to things than people. an opulent mansion

Examples of opulent in a Sentence

an opulent upper crust that liked to show off its possessions an opulent mansion filled with priceless art and antiques
Recent Examples on the Web But where Cabernet Sauvignon, especially when grown in Napa, can be full-bodied, opulent and fruity, Cabernet Franc is lighter, subtler and rougher-hewn. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Get to know Lang & Reed, the rare Napa winery focused on Cabernet Franc, with this wintery $26 bottle," 13 Jan. 2021 Buyers and brokers gushed over the nonpareil park views, prewar-style architecture, and opulent finishes and amenities. New York Times, "The Real Estate Collapse of 2020," 25 Dec. 2020 The elitist touch was added by the French Laundry being an opulent, super expensive restaurant in the Napa Valley wine country. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Newsom endures two embarrassments with French Laundry dinner and unemployment scam," 3 Dec. 2020 One of them now sits proudly in the opulent family dining room at Chatsworth. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A Tribute to Stella Tennant, a Unique Spirit, and My Friend," 24 Dec. 2020 As with its British competitor Rolls-Royce, Hispano-Suiza became famous for its airplane engines, as well as for its opulent luxury cars. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Classic luxury car brands are staging million-dollar comebacks," 14 Dec. 2020 Throw your cardboard cocoa cup in the trash and don't settle for anything less than an opulent display of seasonal treats. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Hot Cocoa Charcuterie Boards Are Now a Thing, and They Look Delicious," 10 Dec. 2020 Instead of facing an audience at the opulent Spreckels Theatre, where City Ballet has performed accompanied by a live orchestra for decades, the company will dance outdoors, surrounded by a sea of more than 300 cars. Marcia Manna Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "This year’s crop of ‘Nutcrackers’ require major pivots for local ballet companies," 6 Dec. 2020 The Undoing is essentially a more upscale take on the whodunnit genre, filled with equal parts opulent and rustic interiors thanks to numerous Upper East Side townhouses and penthouses, and even a beach house on the North Fork of Long Island. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "Inside the Homes From HBO’s The Undoing," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of opulent

circa 1518, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for opulent

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin opulentus "abounding in resources, wealthy," from op-, *ops "power, ability, wealth" + -ulentus "having in quantity, full of" (probably dissimilated from *-o-u̯ent-os, with Indo-European *-u̯ent-, suffix of possession) — more at opus

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The first known use of opulent was circa 1518

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26 Jan 2021

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“Opulent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opulent. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of opulent

: very comfortable and expensive
: very wealthy


op·​u·​lent | \ ˈä-pyə-lənt How to pronounce opulent (audio) \

Kids Definition of opulent

: having or showing much wealth opulent homes

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