Definition of sumptuous
: extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent sumptuous banquets a sumptuous residence; also : magnificent 4
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Examples of sumptuous in a Sentence
the cruise ship claims to offer sumptuous furnishings, exquisitely prepared cuisine, and stellar entertainment
Recent Examples of sumptuous from the Web
On a recent Sunday, Claudia Proietti whipped up a sumptuous lunch of cheese and black pepper ravioli in an asparagus and guanciale sauce, slow-cooked veal and roast potatoes.
Our grandmother had staved off poverty with her fierce intellect and sumptuous recipes, augmenting her school janitor wages by selling food in her barrio.
But by then, the Abbasids had long since defined the sumptuous and extravagant potlatch style of the high-court feasts that resumed in Jerusalem after the Ayyubid caliph Saladin took back the city from the Europeans in 1187.
Her love interest here, the tenor Marco Berti, is no great shakes, but Anita Hartig is an up-and-comer to watch (and hear) as the suffering Liu, and Paolo Carignani is a skilled veteran at Puccini’s sumptuous score.
A breakfast of steel-cut oats with milk and fresh berries seemed a fitting way to start my journey, though likely far more sumptuous than any porridge the Brontës would have endured.
The Killen's crab cake was done in that satiny, sumptuous jumbo-lump mode in which the crab slips and slides luxuriously.
And invites to sumptuous dinners hosted by none other than billionaire fashion visionary Brunello Cucinelli.
The same lesson surfaces in the glamorous retrospective of the couturier Charles James’s work on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this summer, and in the sumptuous exhibition catalogue, Charles James: Beyond Fashion.
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Did You Know?
The word sumptuous can be used to describe both lush surroundings and rich desserts, and it has an equally rich history. The word, which appeared in English in the 15th century, derives via Middle English from the Latin noun sumptus, meaning "expense." "Sumptus" is related to the Latin verb sumere, which means "take" or "spend" and from which we get a treasure trove of useful verbs: "consume" ("to use up or spend"), "subsume" ("to include or place in something larger"), "resume" ("to take up again"), and "assume" ("to take upon oneself"). Another "sumere" descendant is our adjective "sumptuary," which means "relating to one's extravagant expenditures."
Origin and Etymology of sumptuous
Middle English, from Latin sumptuosus, from sumptus
First Known Use: 15th century
SUMPTUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sumptuous for English Language Learners
: very expensive, rich, or impressive
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Definition of sumptuous for Students
: very expensive or luxurious a sumptuous meal a sumptuous fabric
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