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

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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 rooms are designed to be comfortable and functional, but not opulent. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About the Royal-Approved Maternity Ward, The Lindo Wing," 15 Oct. 2018 The trailer depicts flashes of Elton John in his more formative years with all the glamorous and opulent costumes one expects from him. Fox News, "Elton John biopic 'Rocketman' drops first teaser trailer," 1 Oct. 2018 Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2016 ★★½ Loire Valley, France, $13 From chalky soils in the Loire Valley, this rich, ripe and opulent sauvignon blanc is amazingly fresh and delicious, at a tremendous price for its quality. Dave Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "These sauvignon blancs taste more expensive than they are," 6 Aug. 2018 Art deco style is playful and opulent yet sensible. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "These Trends Are Officially So 2018. Here's What's Replacing Them," 13 Nov. 2018 Long-distance trade financed both naval power and an opulent civil culture that celebrated the republic’s accomplishments and, for a time, the primacy of the sea. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘Seapower States’ Review: Ruling Over the Seas," 23 Nov. 2018 An interior décor of opulent dissonance was devised for the home by Ogden Codman. Michael Henry Adams, Town & Country, "Inside the Auction of Eileen Slocum's Astounding Newport Mansion," 28 Sep. 2018 Christie, 65, continues to have fond memories of her many visits to the original opulent adult playground in her father's native Chicago. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Hugh Hefner's daughter Christie opens up about keeping Playboy founder's legacy alive," 27 Sep. 2018 Some of the models in opulent dresses walked uncomfortably close to the flames, which only added dramatic effect. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "9 References to Death in Gucci’s Cruise Show," 31 May 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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