- (usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
- an inhabitant of Sybaris.
Origin of Sybarite
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Examples from the Web for sybarite
That is nothing, and I am only mentioning it to you so that you should not think I am a sybarite.Under Western Eyes
A Sybarite in every taste, he has invented a little philosophy of his own.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
The Athenian bowed, and the Sybarite returned to his philosophy.An Egyptian Princess, Complete
With all her devotion she was something of a sybarite and liked repose.The Women of the French Salons
Amelia Gere Mason
A sybarite on an inadequate income, he was ever the man of action.Egoists
- (sometimes capital) a devotee of luxury and the sensual vices
- luxurious; sensuous
- a native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris
Word Origin and History for sybarite
"person devoted to pleasure," 1610s (implied in Sybaritical), literally "inhabitant of Sybaris," ancient Greek town in southern Italy, whose people were noted for their love of luxury. From Latin Sybarita, from Greek Sybarites.