syb·​a·​rite ˈsi-bə-ˌrīt How to pronounce sybarite (audio)
[from the notorious luxury of the Sybarites] : voluptuary, sensualist
capitalized : a native or resident of the ancient city of Sybaris
sybaritic adjective
sybaritically adverb
sybaritism noun

Example Sentences

the prince was remembered as a self-indulgent sybarite, not as a statesman or warrior
Recent Examples on the Web Nadia was a sybarite who seemed poised to tip over into genuine addiction. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 Mickey is a simpler case, and Sebastian Stan gets to swap his heavy duties as the Winter Soldier, in the Marvel franchise, for those of a summer sybarite. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 16 Apr. 2021 What to eat and drink The Romantic Road is a sybarite’s dream come true, cutting through Franconia’s wine country and Bavaria’s beer territory with southern Germany's hearty cuisine served along the way. National Geographic, 14 Aug. 2019 Xerxes is depicted as an androgyne sybarite, his brooding eyes rimmed with kohl, his lips, nose, and ears all pierced with rings linked by delicate golden chains. Myke Cole, The New Republic, 1 Aug. 2019 Sir Toby is sassy, a sybarite and a drunkard, but Steven Barkhimer was almost sober. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, 11 July 2019 Parks and Recreation Donna Meagle, the inventor of shopping in the name of self-care, is a sybarite in all the best ways. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, 5 Sep. 2018 The silly creature even eats the farmer’s boxer shorts, plucking them from the clothesline like a sybarite eating grapes. WSJ, 11 May 2018 Its principal characters are not jaded sybarites sunning themselves on the decks of pleasure boats or beside hilltop swimming pools, but rather salt-of-the-earth Frenchmen and women with roots in the populist cinema of the 1930s. New York Times, 15 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sybarite was circa 1555

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“Sybarite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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