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
Recent Examples on the Web In the heart of D3, Hotel des Arts is opulent and rather swish, not to mention home to one of the best rooftop bars in town (see the drinks section above). Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ho Chi Minh City: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay, and Play," 24 Dec. 2019 The Greely Expedition—during which (at least in the beginning), the men enjoyed warm shelter, sumptuous, opulent meals, singing and revelry and holiday celebration at the far end of the earth. Buddy Levy, Time, "The Story of an Extravagant Christmas Dinner Near the North Pole in 1881," 23 Dec. 2019 The opulent Wishes wedding package (for up to 1,000 people) starts at $15,000 and goes much higher very quickly. Scott Craven, azcentral, "The VIP's guide to Disneyland, from Club 33 to signature suites," 23 Dec. 2019 The opulent Wishes wedding package (for up to 1,000 people) starts at $15,000 and goes much higher very quickly. Scott Craven, USA TODAY, "The VIP's guide to exclusive Disneyland and Disney World experiences, from Club 33 to weddings," 23 Dec. 2019 Barbs over Pete Buttigieg’s fundraiser at an opulent Napa wine cave, for instance, took up the sort of time and rhetorical energy that a previous debate might have seen devoted to the idea of decriminalizing border crossings, or the 1994 crime bill. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The End of the Ideas Primary," 20 Dec. 2019 Her new apartment also embodies that style: opulent yet restful, historic yet modern, and very personal. Dana Thomas, ELLE Decor, "A Glittering Aerie on the Left Bank of Paris," 14 Dec. 2019 The blend of grapes from across Spain—including the regions of Priorat and Rioja—create an opulent flamenco of spice and ripe plum with a luscious finish. Vianessa Castanos, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Throw a Tapas-Style Dinner Party," 11 Dec. 2019 Only about ten percent were wealthy elite who were buried in opulent tombs; the rest were ordinary folks who were interred in modest burials. National Geographic, "Ancient Egyptian 'head cone mystery' solved by archaeologists," 11 Dec. 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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The first known use of opulent was circa 1518

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12 Jan 2020

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“Opulent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opulent. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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