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
Praise has been doled out for the rig’s cushy ride, sumptuous leather, and obvious curb appeal.
At today’s Valentino Fall 2017 couture show, designer Pierpaolo Piccioli served up effortless femininity in a variety of silhouettes from sumptuous capes to diaphanous maxi dresses.
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Standout elements like guest-star Angela Bassett, love interest Alessandra Mastronardi, and the sumptuous Italian countryside all help elevate Ansari’s winning star turn to a 2017 showstopper.
His sumptuous, velvet baritone filled the nave at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Logan Circle with a full body and command of the verses and sentiments.
This year’s crop included flowers — both a swirling garland of red roses and a single, sumptuous pink blossom — feathers, and even a bull’s-eye target.
Inside, the Airstream offered a sumptuous bed and a dining room table that could seat four comfortably as long as two of the four were children.
The organ part is just one element, of course, in this sumptuous, imaginatively structured symphony, which Alsop conducted from memory.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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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