suc·​cu·​lent | \ ˈsə-kyə-lənt \

Definition of succulent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : full of juice : juicy
b : moist and tasty : toothsome a succulent meal
c of a plant : having fleshy tissues that conserve moisture
2 : rich in interest



Definition of succulent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a succulent plant (such as a cactus or an aloe)

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Other Words from succulent


succulently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for succulent

Synonyms: Adjective

fleshy, juicy, pulpy

Antonyms: Adjective

juiceless, sapless

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Examples of succulent in a Sentence


vines weighted down with plump, succulent grapes a buffet table set with an array of succulent roasts

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

With the aim of celebrating the very best of Malton’s produce, the delivery van was packed with autumnal delights ranging from succulent rib of beef, local pheasants, fresh lobster, juicy fruit and veg, Rarebird Gin, and the towns famous macarons. Vogue, "It-Brits Celebrate the Food of Malton With a Festive Dinner at Claridge’s," 15 Nov. 2018 Nitrogen-rich materials include succulent, green plant parts, such as tomato stalks, vegetable waste from the kitchen, and grass clippings, as well as manures. Lee Reich, The Seattle Times, "Fall is the perfect time to build a compost bin," 16 Oct. 2018 Moms will receive a tiny potted succulent, with a chance to win a bigger surprise. Carolina Gusman,, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 2018 Place a succulent and crystal on top of it for the ultimate hipster vibe. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "This popular home decor store is having a massive furniture sale," 2 Apr. 2018 Salmon turns from silky and succulent and luscious to chalky, bitter, and lifeless in the span of a minute. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Salmon With Creamy Lemon Rice," 14 Mar. 2012 The Ode to Scallion highlights succulent French blue lobster with scallion-ginger sauce and foam made from French vin jaune and Chinese Shaoxing rice wine. Eric Rosen, WSJ, "How Young Chefs Are Making Their Marks on Hong Kong’s Fine Food Scene," 10 Dec. 2018 Again, only salt and pepper on the beef, but the succulent salmon cures for a day in a kasu-soy marinade and arrives sporting a brittle roll of deep-fried salmon skin. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 Hostas are disease-resistant, but their succulent leaves are no match for slugs and snails. Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Stunning Hostas," 7 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There were several bottles of water next to a box of Kind bars and some succulents. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 Your beloved succulents deserve a pretty place to be displayed (besides your desk, bookshelf, and bedroom side table, of course). Good Housekeeping, "This DIY Planter Is What Monogrammed Dreams Are Made Of," 15 Aug. 2018 Here the class practices preparing trays with proper drainage, and scatter-sowing Thai basil seeds before moving on to pea shoots, lemon verbena seedlings, and ice lettuce, which looks like a succulent covered in frost. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "Getting Back to Nature (With a Bit of Champagne) at Raymond Blanc’s Luxe English Gardening School," 6 Aug. 2018 What the public ultimately got were several small islands of mulch with a smattering of succulents. Victoria Kim,, "A wealthy developer owns a rare plot of green in a very crowded part of L.A. What does he owe his neighbors?," 6 Apr. 2018 There are some succulents that can take lower light but still bright conditions, including haworthias and gasterias. Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Green house effect: Plants enhance life in tiny homes, apartments," 26 Jan. 2018 Wreath-making class focuses on succulents A Succulent Wreath Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Linda Mcintosh,, "Local woman elected as state DAR leaders," 7 May 2018 Learn how to use hardy succulents to create a living wall hanging that is yours to take home. Corey Sheldon,, "HG calendar June 9-17: school's out, get the kids involved in gardening," 8 June 2018 The Venice bus yard, which could shelter 100 people or more, is overlooked by beachy cottages and sleek condos adorned with surfboards and succulents. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "L.A. lawmakers face opposition over homeless shelter plans," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of succulent


1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for succulent


Latin suculentus, from sucus juice, sap; perhaps akin to Latin sugere to suck — more at suck

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English Language Learners Definition of succulent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: full of juice

of plants : having thick, heavy leaves or stems that store water



English Language Learners Definition of succulent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a plant that stores water in its leaves or stems : a succulent plant


suc·​cu·​lent | \ ˈsə-kyə-lənt \

Kids Definition of succulent

: juicy succulent fruits

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