op·​u·​lent | \ ˈä-pyə-lənt How to pronounce opulent (audio) \

Essential Meaning of opulent

1 : very comfortable and expensive : luxurious opulent new homes opulent furnishings the opulent [=affluent] lifestyle of wealthy people
2 : very wealthy an opulent widow

Full Definition of opulent

: exhibiting or characterized by opulence: such as
a : having a large estate or property : wealthy hoping to marry an opulent widow opulent industrialists
b : amply or plentifully provided or fashioned often to the point of ostentation living in opulent comfort opulent furnishings an opulent hotel

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Other Words from opulent

opulently adverb

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rich, wealthy, affluent, opulent mean having goods, property, and money in abundance. rich implies having more than enough to gratify normal needs or desires. became rich through shrewd investing wealthy stresses the possession of property and intrinsically valuable things. wealthy landowners affluent suggests prosperity and an increasing wealth. an affluent society opulent suggests lavish expenditure and display of great wealth, more often applying to things than people. an opulent mansion

Examples of opulent in a Sentence

an opulent upper crust that liked to show off its possessions an opulent mansion filled with priceless art and antiques
Recent Examples on the Web An unquestionable star car on offer doesn’t hail from the Brass Era, however, but rather, is from one of America’s most notable, design-conscious and opulent automotive period a couple of decades later. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2021 Her main salon is elegant and opulent with a piano and a generous lounge area. Bill Springer, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, the interior that aims at providing an elevated and opulent traveling experience. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, 5 Sep. 2021 Those are the pieces shoppers initially connected to the show's opulent style, after all. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Aug. 2021 The end result is an opulent, heady, and completely modern floral. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Sep. 2021 All of the winners this year — except for first place — are opulent, palatial hotels built inside former palazzos. Devorah Lev-tov, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 The consumption of food — fresh, sweet, savory, luscious, opulent in its abundance — will be at the center of the festivities. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021 The nail color sits in an opulent Japanese bottle made from 50% post-consumer recycled glass, that deserves a spot on your vanity. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of opulent

circa 1518, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for opulent

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin opulentus "abounding in resources, wealthy," from op-, *ops "power, ability, wealth" + -ulentus "having in quantity, full of" (probably dissimilated from *-o-u̯ent-os, with Indo-European *-u̯ent-, suffix of possession) — more at opus

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The first known use of opulent was circa 1518

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“Opulent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opulent. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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op·​u·​lent | \ ˈä-pyə-lənt How to pronounce opulent (audio) \

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: having or showing much wealth opulent homes

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