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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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 In his sleep, voluptuous women, with hips and laughter and hair. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019 Its voluptuous petals direct bees deep inside the bloom where the pollen is stored safely away from sensitive noses. Nicole Clausing, Sunset, "Got Allergies? These 10 Low-Pollen Plants Won’t Make You Sneeze," 22 Jan. 2018 At a time when men demanded that female performers be curvy and voluptuous, a thin woman parading herself onstage was an affront. Sharon Marcus, Vox, "The first modern celebrity was born 175 years ago," 26 June 2019 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

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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

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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