opulent

adjective
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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About 200 guests were also treated to a private tour of the opulent French palace. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Remembering the American Royal Wedding: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Lavish European Nuptials," 23 May 2018 Before Nolan kicks the bucket, his opulent mother (Kelly Rutherford, a.k.a. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "I Never Thought I’d Love the Pretty Little Liars Spin-off More Than the Original, but Here We Are," 20 Mar. 2019 The lakefront cottages favored by Toronto’s wealthiest range from modest single-story homes with rickety boathouses to opulent post-and-beam mansions, all nestled into the pristine pine forests that dominate the area. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, "Canada’s City of the Future Rides a New Wave," 4 Dec. 2018 Railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt II built the opulent 70-room mansion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the late 1800s. Washington Post, "Welcome center to open at mansion after long-running battle," 13 June 2018 One reporter for a Japanese TV network put on a dress and a pair of heels and held hands with her colleague from the Beijing bureau to arrive incognito at the restaurant at the opulent Capella resort, which overlooks the South China Sea. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "Singapore preps for Trump-Kim summit with fresh paint and arrests," 9 June 2018 Like the Zócalo, this central meeting point is flanked by iconic buildings and noteworthy museum, but the main attraction is the opulent Palacio de Bellas Artes. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Mexico City," 16 Apr. 2018 Bollywood power couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are officially husband and wife after tying the knot in an opulent ceremony in Lake Como, Italy. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Deepika Padukone's Wedding Dresses Are the Stuff of Dreams," 16 Nov. 2018 In 2011, Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in an opulent ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 28 Apr. 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 How to pronounce opulent (audio) \

Kids Definition of opulent

: having or showing much wealth opulent homes

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