sump·​tu·​ous | \ ˈsəm(p)(t)-shə-wəs How to pronounce sumptuous (audio) , -shəs, -shwəs \

Definition of sumptuous

: extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent sumptuous banquets a sumptuous residence also : magnificent sense 4

Other Words from sumptuous

sumptuously adverb
sumptuousness noun

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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."

Examples of sumptuous in a Sentence

the cruise ship claims to offer sumptuous furnishings, exquisitely prepared cuisine, and stellar entertainment
Recent Examples on the Web By most standards, the Lady Anastasia, with a crew of nine, is sumptuous: A master stateroom with a Carrara marble bath; cabins for 10 guests; a jacuzzi on the sun deck that's stabilized against the ship's movement, and so on. Bob Ortega, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 Yes, the costumes and production design are still sumptuous. Caroline Framke, Variety, 20 Mar. 2022 Turning from music videos and concert films to tell this true story in his first narrative feature, Rebane has created an old-school melodrama that aims for a Sirkian sheen, its visuals sumptuous and its clinches glossily, tastefully steamy. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 Stubborn face, eye and lip makeup doesn’t stand a chance against the sumptuous, gentle Curél Japan oil, a winner of the GH Beauty Lab’s makeup remover test. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 Helped along by the sumptuous visuals and atmospheric accompanying score. Andy Meek, BGR, 13 Mar. 2022 Close is deliciously viperous as a French noblewoman seeking revenge on her ex-husband in Stephen Frears' sumptuous adaptation of the play and novel. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2021 Topping the sustainable selection, sumptuous upcycled fabrics were provided by D&G’s extensive archives. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2022 The decor highlights the property's signature architecture with soft, curved furniture and sumptuous fabrics. Kristen Shirley, Travel + Leisure, 13 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sumptuous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sumptuous

Middle English, from Latin sumptuosus, from sumptus

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sump·​tu·​ous | \ ˈsəmp-chə-wəs How to pronounce sumptuous (audio) \

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: very expensive or luxurious a sumptuous meal a sumptuous fabric

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