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

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 show boasts a cast of dynamic singing actors, a versatile battalion of dancers, fantastical scenery, opulent costumes courtesy of retiring longtime designer Anna Watkins, and enough bawdy sight gags to shake a shepherdess’s crook at. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "With ‘Orlando generoso,’ a generous helping of baroque opera," 10 June 2019 Bransfield was known to prefer an opulent lifestyle, the report says. Anchorage Daily News, "W. Virgnia bishop spent millions on himself and sent cash to priests he was accused of mistreating, Vatican report says," 5 June 2019 Bransfield was known to prefer an opulent lifestyle, the report says. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: W. Va. bishop sent diocese funds to abuse victims," 5 June 2019 While $7 million could buy an opulent estate in Houston, that's merely the price reduction of one River Oaks home. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "River Oaks home once listed at $16.95 million hits the market at $9.9 million," 5 June 2019 The president received a royal welcome from Queen Elizabeth on Monday, completed with a guard of honor march, gun salutes and opulent white- tie state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "London's mayor compared President Trump to an 11-year-old child," 4 June 2019 After a series of appearances, the pair brought their red carpet style to an opulent crescendo on Saturday in matching all-white ensembles that seemed fit for a walk down the aisle. Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Upgrade the Look of Twinning Airport Style," 20 May 2019 Fans of the show may be familiar with Rayna Jaymes's 20,533-square-foot home's opulent brick-and-wood facade and impressive front gate, as well parts of its lavish interior. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "The Real-Life House Where Rayna Jaymes Lived on 'Nashville' Is for Sale," 18 May 2019 Within the past five months, Kylie Jenner's daughter, Stormi Webster, has received an array of opulent presents from the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Reveals That Her New Tattoo Is Dedicated to Her Daughter Stormi Webster," 17 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce opulent (audio) \

Kids Definition of opulent

: having or showing much wealth opulent homes

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