Definition of sensual
sensualityplay \ˌsen(t)-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun
sensuallyplay \ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wə-lē, ˈsen-shə-lē\ adverb
Examples of sensual in a Sentence
A sharp observer with a pleasing eye for sensual detail, Jaffrey weaves a richly textured story in which she effortlessly mingles quotidian dramas with historic events including the partition of India. —Michelle Green, People, 6 Nov. 2006
And Rousseau, in his Confessions, wrote of the sensual pleasure he found in simple meals of peasant cheeses and breads. —Andrea Lee Gourmet, May 2004
Certain fragrances apparently heighten sensual experiences.
the sensual feel of a velvet shirt against the skin
Recent Examples of sensual from the Web
The sensual world, in Lacey’s prose, is always intricately detailed.
Muslims abstain from food, drink and sensual pleasures from the break of dawn until sunset each day of Ramadan.
After Rotimi catered to the ladies with his sensual sounds, D.C. natives Phil Ade and Chaz French injected heavy doses of hip-hop vibes in their sets.
The feeling of watching is sensual, if not erotic—something like the pleasure of plunging your hand into a tub of uncooked rice.
But behind the giant flashing letters that spell out the arcade's motto, Too Much Is Not Enough, is a high-tech antidote to the peep shows that until recently were 42nd Street's primary means of sensual indulgence.
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Origin and Etymology of sensual
Middle English, from Late Latin sensualis, from Latin sensus sense
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of sensual
sensuous, sensual, luxurious, voluptuous mean relating to or providing pleasure through gratification of the senses. sensuous implies gratification of the senses for the sake of aesthetic pleasure. the sensuous delights of great music sensual tends to imply the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of the physical appetites as ends in themselves. a life devoted to sensual pleasures luxurious suggests the indulgence of sensuous pleasure inducing bodily ease and languor. a luxurious hotel voluptuous implies more strongly an abandonment especially to sensual pleasure. a voluptuous feast
SENSUAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sensual for English Language Learners
: relating to, devoted to, or producing physical or sexual pleasure
SENSUAL Defined for Kids
Definition of sensual for Students
: relating to the pleasing of the senses
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