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 Now, Bonnie Ruth’s has been fully converted into J. Theodore, an upscale casual space with a bar designed in the opulent style of the Belle Époque, the period of French history defined by its artistic and architectural brilliance. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Frisco brunch favorite Bonnie Ruth’s reopens as J. Theodore, a bistro with 100 different martinis," 18 June 2020 But sometimes those opulent service standards can have a negative effect for cabin crew. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Attendants Are Finally Being Recognized For Keeping Us Safe," 17 June 2020 Three days after the lockdown was implemented, Ram Prajapati, a construction worker in Gurgaon, a major commercial center of shimmering office blocks, extravagant malls, and opulent apartment towers near New Delhi, ran out of food. Alia Allana, The Atlantic, "One Biscuit, a Billion Stories," 13 June 2020 Doyle lived in an opulent Ottawa penthouse filled with antique furniture. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "When Mr. Sloan Went to Washington," 11 June 2020 Cameron's film recreated with impressive detail many of the liner's luxurious features, including the grand staircase, opulent dining room, and gymnasium. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "US court grants permission to recover Marconi telegraph from Titanic wreckage," 28 May 2020 Helpfully, Shakespeare is no longer under copyright, and the language, if retained, is opulent, juicy. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Is This a Livestream I See Before Me?," 13 May 2020 The 43-key boutique hotel features a blend of religious heritage and opulent interiors, inspired by the surrounding Le Marais neighborhood, a vibrant hub of creativity in the city. BostonGlobe.com, "CULINARY FESTIVAL IN SEAPORT," 17 Oct. 2019 The décor is light and airy and gives a sense of place that is more Chekhov's Russia than opulent Oligarch with oak parquet floors and pristine Russian Volga linen curtains and bedspreads. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016

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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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“Opulent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opulent. Accessed 10 Jul. 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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