op·​u·​lent | \ ˈä-pyə-lənt \

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

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Checking In The grand Pooh-Bah of the Istanbul hotel scene is the opulentÇırağan Palace Kempinski. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Tis the season for cozy chic: cocoon coats; rich, opulent textures; and bohemian details that will keep you warm AND stylish. Divya Bala, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Nail Statement Style This Winter," 30 Nov. 2018 Her makeup, which was created by legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, was equally as opulent, featuring another smattering of sparkly stones. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Wore Diamonds in Her Hair For Her “Money” Music Video," 29 Oct. 2018 Case in point was Palazzo Orsi Mangelli, a private residence whose opulent interiors were designed by the inimitable Renzo Mongiardino. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Swarovski Hosts a Party for the Book of Dreams in a Fantastical Setting," 21 Sep. 2018 The real-estate recovery in recent years has triggered the rise of undercover luxury homes—properties with modest exteriors and opulent interiors. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Secretly Stylish Interiors of Undercover Luxury Homes," 30 Aug. 2018 All the Gibsons steaks are on the menu, along with a few specialty pastas, and between the opulent dining room and the stunning city views, there’s eye candy to spare. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Summer Eating List: 44 new and upcoming Chicago restaurants – from must-gos to field trips," 5 June 2018 The late Michael Taylor, a dean of California design who had done two of Trevor's childhood homes, provided inspiration for many of the interior's classic references, such as the plush tufted sofas in the opulent living room. Kate Betts, ELLE Decor, "All in the Family," 17 Aug. 2011 Anyone can sketch out a romantic, enticing, opulent, fantastic — and unrealistic — concept for many years into the future. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The future of electric car design has yet to be written," 5 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of opulent

: very comfortable and expensive

: very wealthy


op·​u·​lent | \ ˈä-pyə-lənt \

Kids Definition of opulent

: having or showing much wealth opulent homes

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