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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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 Put on the market by actor Michael Imperioli, best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos, the 1890s house boasts a mix of period details like crown molding and millwork and some opulent Italianate decor. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Updated Victorian with Italianate opulence asks $2.6M in California," 23 Mar. 2018 The Empress of China, the last of those opulent eating palaces, shut down a few years ago, and its landmark building’s fate remains in limbo. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "A Feasting Guide to San Francisco’s Newly Glam Chinatown," 2 May 2018 Its setting is an opulent and mature private landscape that covers 10 acres. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Philanthropists' Mid-century ranch in Franklin was made for art," 16 June 2018 At a time when eating smaller, healthier and quicker may seem the way to go for local diners, the opulent Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, new in Grapevine, qualifies as a refreshing change of pace. Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "Perry's Steakhouse goes to the head of the old-school class | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 Mar. 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 \

Kids Definition of opulent

: having or showing much wealth opulent homes

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