Definition of sumptuous
: extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent <sumptuous banquets> <a sumptuous residence>; also : magnificent 4
Examples of sumptuous in a sentence
<the cruise ship claims to offer sumptuous furnishings, exquisitely prepared cuisine, and stellar entertainment>
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
SUMPTUOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of sumptuous for Students
: very expensive or luxurious <a sumptuous meal> <a sumptuous fabric>
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