vo·​lup·​tu·​ous | \ və-ˈləp(t)-shə-wəs How to pronounce voluptuous (audio) , -shəs \

Definition of voluptuous

1a : suggesting sensual pleasure by fullness and beauty of form voluptuous nudes
b : full of delight or pleasure to the senses : conducive to or arising from sensuous or sensual gratification : luxurious a voluptuous dance voluptuous ornamentation a voluptuous wine
2 : given to or spent in enjoyment of luxury, pleasure, or sensual gratifications a long and voluptuous holiday— Edmund Wilson

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Other Words from voluptuous

voluptuously adverb
voluptuousness noun

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sensuous, sensual, luxurious, voluptuous mean relating to or providing pleasure through gratification of the senses. sensuous implies gratification of the senses for the sake of aesthetic pleasure. the sensuous delights of great music sensual tends to imply the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of the physical appetites as ends in themselves. a life devoted to sensual pleasures luxurious suggests the indulgence of sensuous pleasure inducing bodily ease and languor. a luxurious hotel voluptuous implies more strongly an abandonment especially to sensual pleasure. a voluptuous feast

Examples of voluptuous in a Sentence

the voluptuous richness of the music
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First Known Use of voluptuous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for voluptuous

Middle English, from Latin voluptuosus, irregular from voluptas pleasure, from volup pleasurable; akin to Greek elpesthai to hope, Latin velle to wish — more at will

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13 Jan 2021

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“Voluptuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluptuous. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of voluptuous

of a woman : very attractive because of having large hips and breasts
literary : giving pleasure to the senses

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