vo·​lup·​tu·​ous | \və-ˈləp(t)-shə-wəs, -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

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the voluptuous richness of the music

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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 Their stories just sit there, voluptuous and tame, like a mink stole prettily arranged. Jamie Fisher, New York Times, "Reliably Unreliable Men, Unlikely to Improve Their Lot," 22 June 2018 The images of Walter are softer and more voluptuous, notes PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "For Picasso and his voluptuous muse, time was brief. This painting tells the tale.," 4 July 2018 The unattended soil must contain a perfect blend of acidity; the saturated colors of the voluptuous, pendulous flowers that cluster on the lightweight branches range from faint whitish-blue to deep pink and dusky purple. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Here Is Where the Taxi Driver Set His Wife on Fire" by GKS Waller," 2 June 2018 In one image, Venus is voluptuous with long, possibly blonde hair. Nina Siegal, New York Times, "A Radical Artist Takes a Startling Turn Toward Love," 8 May 2018 Breasts that fit into a champagne glass always have been the ideal, and a waifish form is prized over a voluptuous figure. Beth Landman, The Hollywood Reporter, "L.A. vs. Europe Plastic Surgery Wars: "My Patients in France Live in Fear of the Hollywood Look"," 5 May 2018 Gnoli’s paintings became more voluptuous and more baroque from 1965 onwards. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Italian Artist Domenico Gnoli’s Work is Back on Display in New York," 30 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of voluptuous

of a woman : very attractive because of having large hips and breasts

: giving pleasure to the senses

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