sumptuous

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adjective sump·tu·ous \ˈsəm(p)(t)-shə-wəs, -shəs, -shwəs\

Definition of sumptuous

  1. :  extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent sumptuous banquets a sumptuous residence; also :  magnificent 4

sumptuously

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sumptuousness

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Examples of sumptuous in a Sentence

  1. the cruise ship claims to offer sumptuous furnishings, exquisitely prepared cuisine, and stellar entertainment

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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


SUMPTUOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of sumptuous for English Language Learners

  • : very expensive, rich, or impressive


SUMPTUOUS Defined for Kids

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adjective sump·tu·ous \ˈsəmp-chə-wəs\

Definition of sumptuous for Students

  1. :  very expensive or luxurious a sumptuous meal a sumptuous fabric



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