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 leitmotif of small cone hats and sensual face veils gave the silken 61-piece show a feel for the theatricality of the 1920s.
Elgort enlisted girlfriend Violetta Komyshan to play his on-screen love who gets sensual with him in his apartment.
Outstanding among them are Tom Nelis and the wildly sensual Katrina Lenk.
Jan Rogge’s Queen Gertrude is a dim, shallow and sensual woman, who doesn’t want to know what her new husband did to achieve power.
In a short clip, Full Frontal edited news coverage of Comey’s dinner anecdote with some slow, sensual music and images of Champagne and roses.
Production designer Alice Normington has created a setting that is sensual, earthy and naturalistic, lit with natural light and candles, no stuffy Downton Abbey crispness in sight.
Production designer Alice Normington has created a setting that is sensual, earthy and naturalistic.
The correlation between scent and memory is potent, sensual, and highly personal.
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Origin and Etymology of sensual
Middle English, from Late Latin sensualis, from Latin sensus sense
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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