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 song's inspiration was equally as opulent as the video. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ariana Grande Is Reportedly Not Attending the Grammys Because She Was "Insulted" by Producers," 7 Feb. 2019 In the post, the company walks us through Kylie's order highlight reel over the last 365 days—where her food habits ranged from opulent (a bottle of Don Julio Añejo 1942 Tequila) to basic (a single carrot and a bottle of Smartwater). Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Kylie Jenner Spent $10,000 on Postmates in the Past Year," 30 Jan. 2019 The developer behind trendsetting hotels in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood has acquired the Parker New York hotel, looking to bring some of its downtown success to a midtown strip known more for opulent residences than hip hotels. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Developer of Ace and NoMad Hotels Scoops Up Parker New York Hotel," 24 Jan. 2019 The atmosphere is also absurdly opulent; the walls are marble on marble, the waitstaff wear French maid outfits, there are English tea pots and instrumental elevator-music versions of ‘90s pop songs softly playing in the background. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 The designs were opulent yet wearable, seductive but elegant. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 Now, imagine an opulent, historic bank with 50-foot vaulted ceilings, brass fixtures and lighting and marble inlay flooring. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "A Coworking Space Just Opened In Montreal's Royal Bank Tower," 23 Sep. 2016 Checking In The grand Pooh-Bah of the Istanbul hotel scene is the opulentÇırağan Palace Kempinski. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Tis the season for cozy chic: cocoon coats; rich, opulent textures; and bohemian details that will keep you warm AND stylish. Divya Bala, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Nail Statement Style This Winter," 30 Nov. 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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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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