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

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

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the voluptuous richness of the music
Recent Examples on the Web He is most widely known for his juicy pictures of voluptuous confectionary in shop displays and on countertops. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 27 Dec. 2021 Moving into the second gallery room (there are four total), nine of her famed looped-wire sculptures, as voluptuous and ethereal as ever, dangle from the ceiling. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2021 The texture is voluptuous and mouth-filling, and the flavors persist for several minutes. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 Keep an eye out for a voluptuous cameo by the World Trade Center subway platform and elevator system, which would cease to exist eight years after this film’s release. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 Depicting voluptuous, curvy women, and best epitomized by the Venus of Willendorf, new evidence has emerged suggesting that fertility figures were made — and worn — by women during the last Ice Age. Brienne Walsh, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 At her fall presentation, London designer Simone Rocha swathed her models in precious black or blush skirts, then armed them with platform shaker boots and voluptuous leather jackets. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 Cream cheese helps deliver voluptuous texture, while also lending savory balance and accentuating melon’s soft, floral flavor. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021 Julie Liston Johnson’s big voluptuous soprano would have seemed better suited to Puccini. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2021

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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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“Voluptuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluptuous. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of voluptuous

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

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