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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The Empress of China, the last of those opulent eating palaces, shut down a few years ago, and its landmark building’s fate remains in limbo. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "A Feasting Guide to San Francisco’s Newly Glam Chinatown," 2 May 2018 Its setting is an opulent and mature private landscape that covers 10 acres. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Philanthropists' Mid-century ranch in Franklin was made for art," 16 June 2018 At a time when eating smaller, healthier and quicker may seem the way to go for local diners, the opulent Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, new in Grapevine, qualifies as a refreshing change of pace. Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "Perry's Steakhouse goes to the head of the old-school class | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 Mar. 2018 Coming off their opulent first state dinner on Tuesday, President Trump has something more low-key planned for first lady Melania Trump's 48th birthday Thursday. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Trump says he's too busy to get Melania a birthday present: 'I got her a beautiful card'," 26 Apr. 2018 All of them are hypnotic, showing life in one of the world's busiest and most opulent cities. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Check Out This Incredible Flow Motion Tour of Dubai," 18 Feb. 2015 In contrast to the president’s sharp words, Trump was hosted at a number of opulent events, including an audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle later Friday. Jill Colvin And Jonathan Lemire, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump praises May after throwing barbs, then meets the queen," 13 July 2018 With his historic visit and the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Obama took to the people of Cuba — not to an opulent hotel in a third country — a personal and policy message of hope: Change is possible. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "The Trump-Rubio politics of hypocrisy: Cuba, no deal. North Korea? ‘Has great beaches.’," 12 June 2018 Second-floor balconies take in the opulent scene from above. Jack Flemming, sacbee, "NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins sells his Granite Bay estate for $4.25 million," 5 June 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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