opulent

adjective
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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Every episode approaches 90 minutes in length, with opulent production values that practically drip off the screen. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Romanoffs, from Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, feels like a period piece about the present," 12 Oct. 2018 The Chairman Suites, at $25,000 per night, were the most opulent the Palazzo had to offer, with a pool terrace overlooking the Strip. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "The Billion-Dollar Mystery Man and the Wildest Party Vegas Ever Saw," 15 Sep. 2018 Artists have created functional objects forever, usually for the wealthiest stratum of society, whether ancient Chinese incense burners or opulent Art Deco doors. Susannah Gardiner, Smithsonian, "How an Exquisitely Designed Cart for Homeless People Inspired a Wave of Artists’ Activism," 19 Mar. 2018 Also, Live will be better able to reward good customers with opulent rooms and other perks. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Cordish Companies to open Live Hotel, adding to casino complex in Hanover," 3 June 2018 Buy Photo A Jersey City developer who specializes in restoring historic buildings hopes to buy the opulent but shuttered Elkins Estate in Cheltenham and spend up to $20 million for renovations. Katie Park, Philly.com, "Will a boutique hotel and spa open at Cheltenham's Elkins Estate? Developer in talks to buy the property for $6 million," 2 July 2018 The rooms are opulent and private butlers satisfy all desires. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 Michael Jackson was entombed in 2009 in the mausoleum at the opulent cemetery that is also the final resting place of Elizabeth Taylor and Walt Disney. Andrew Dalton, Fox News, "Joe Jackson buried in same cemetery as son Michael Jackson," 4 July 2018 In addition to the main house — an opulent space filled with cathedral-style ceilings and stylish chandeliers — there are two guesthouses, a tennis court and a 60-foot swimming pool. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Bob Hope’s longtime Toluca Lake estate fetches $15 million," 23 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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opulent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of opulent

: very comfortable and expensive

: very wealthy

opulent

adjective
op·​u·​lent | \ˈä-pyə-lənt \

Kids Definition of opulent

: having or showing much wealth opulent homes

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