- entailing great expense, as from choice materials, fine work, etc.; costly: a sumptuous residence.
- luxuriously fine or large; lavish; splendid: a sumptuous feast.
Origin of sumptuous
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Examples from the Web for sumptuous
Lunch finally arrives, this time not a sumptuous feast but fish wrapped in a military newspaper distributed on U.S. bases.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
“Sumptuous,” Huston continued, pointing out the image of a richly crimson carriage interior.The Kardashian Hegemony: Mario and Kim Take Hollywood
February 24, 2013
Apple has long been known for luring the best talent the tech world can offer to its sumptuous Cupertino headquarters.Apple Branches Out. How’d They Do?
December 3, 2012
People like sumptuous things, and will pay to have them, especially when the copies lack the look and feel of the original.Food Friday: Why Do We Buy Cookbooks?
October 19, 2012
The effect is rather like a sumptuous multiple-course dinner where the diners are handcuffed to the table.Why I’m Tired of ‘Top Chef’
February 1, 2012
The King, who had caused a sumptuous banquet to be prepared, was inconsolable.The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
Some of the public buildings in Manchester are most sumptuous.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
In this way we enjoyed our humble meal as much as if it had been a sumptuous feast.Hair Breadth Escapes
T. S. Arthur
How does the voice indicate the contrast between the meagre and the sumptuous?The Ontario High School Reader
Godfrey was remarkable for his generosity and sumptuous entertainments.The New Guide to Peterborough Cathedral
George S. Phillips
- expensive or extravagantsumptuous costumes
- magnificent; splendida sumptuous scene
Word Origin and History for sumptuous
late 15c., from Old French sumptueux, from Latin sumptuosus "costly, expensive," from sumptus "cost, expense," past participle of sumere "spend, consume, take," contraction of *sub-emere, from sub- "under" + emere "to take, buy" (see exempt (adj.)).