opulent

adjective op·u·lent \ ˈä-pyə-lənt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

opulently

adverb

Examples of opulent in a Sentence

  1. an opulent upper crust that liked to show off its possessions

  2. an opulent mansion filled with priceless art and antiques

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of opulent

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

OPULENT Defined for English Language Learners

opulent

adjective

Definition of opulent for English Language Learners

  • : very comfortable and expensive

  • : very wealthy


OPULENT Defined for Kids

opulent

adjective op·u·lent \ ˈä-pyə-lənt \

Definition of opulent for Students

:having or showing much wealth
  • opulent homes


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