voluptuous

adjective
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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Claude’s pining for the voluptuous Sabine is projected in a globally lust-inducing clip of her bathing on a Manhattan rooftop. Alexander C. Kafka, Washington Post, "An irresistible tale of early cinema makes for perfect summer reading," 8 June 2019 Among the young hopefuls is Zula (Joanna Kulig), an assertive and voluptuous blonde in her late teens or early twenties who, it’s revealed in a snippet of overheard dialogue, is not from around these parts. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 Or O’Keeffe without her close-ups of black irises, whose voluptuous contours reminded some people (to Georgia’s great annoyance!) of female genitalia. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "The Scary, Pretty Flower Paintings of Shara Hughes," 30 Apr. 2019 Some are short, some are tall, some are skinny, some are voluptuous, everything. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Sofía Vergara Just Launched a Denim Line in Sizes 0 through 20—and Everything Is $40 and Under," 6 Feb. 2019 Ray’s voluptuous mistress, the notorious Montparnasse artist and model known as Kiki, appears in the nude. Stuart Isacoff, WSJ, "Dada: If Life Is Absurd, Why Not Have the Last Laugh?," 16 Oct. 2018 For fifties comedienne Lucille Ball, ginger ringlets communicated a sense of carefree whimsy, while Marilyn Monroe’s platinum waves were as voluptuous as her famous silhouette. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Curls of All Time, from Marilyn Monroe to Rihanna," 20 July 2018 Samuel Youn bellowed coarsely as Alberich; Ronnita Miller brought a voluptuous low register to the sleepy goddess Erda, and Patrick Guetti was a booming Fafner—and also, poignantly, the only character to tell Siegfried that he is being used. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Siegfried’ Review: Far From Child’s Play," 6 Nov. 2018 Now her voluptuous body was barely hidden behind a lacy black camisole and tight black jeans. Good Housekeeping, "How the Purity Movement Made Women Giddy About Dating Jesus, and Ashamed to Masturbate," 27 Aug. 2018

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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

adjective

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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