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
Recent Examples on the Web Her pieces were voluptuous, organic, whimsical, erotic, exuberant, sometimes cartoonlike, but most often decidedly feminist. New York Times, "Huguette Caland, 88, Dies; Celebrated Freedom in Art and Life," 30 Sep. 2019 This is how the brand describes the candle on the site: A voluptuous, lush and feminine fragrance. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian is Launching a KKW Fragrance Candle," 16 Sep. 2019 Even for me whose body, my grandmother still likes to point out, is far more voluptuous than hers. Leah Bhabha, Vogue, "Something Borrowed: How I Turned a 100-Year-Old Sari Into My Wedding Veil," 28 May 2019 From beneath the voluptuous curves, a pleasingly irregular mix of rosettes, laurel bunches and berries alternates with plump acorns atop clusters of oak leaves. Dallas News, "The centuries-old story behind a new artistic match at the Kimbell Art Museum," 1 Aug. 2019 At Compost Bin!, voluptuous body parts and gender ambiguity are celebrated, paraded around, gyrated, cheered. Steven Thrasher, Teen Vogue, "Compost Bin! Burlesque Show Provides Space and Celebration for All Bodies," 18 July 2019 Centered between the virginal chalice on the one hand and the voluptuous citrons on the other, the dark, bottomless, pucker invites what is sometimes known as the male gaze. Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times, "The oranges that enraptured a millionaire," 18 July 2019 One voluptuous fitted black gown, its plunging neckline clasped by a golden asp, took its cue from the earthly goddess Elizabeth Taylor in her 1963 movie vehicle Cleopatra. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana Stage an Epic Alta Moda Show in Sicily’s Valley of the Temples," 6 July 2019 While the William Morris wallpaper and textured chenille sofa skew conservative, the accessories—like an African fertility statue and voluptuous crystal sculpture of the female form—do not. Ingela Ratledge Amundson, WSJ, "12 TV Series Whose Sets Will Intoxicate Design-Minded People," 21 June 2019

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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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The first known use of voluptuous was in the 14th century

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voluptuous

adjective
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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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