or cur·va·cious

[ kur-vey-shuh s ]
/ kɜrˈveɪ ʃəs /

adjective Informal.

(of a woman) having a well-shaped figure with voluptuous curves.

Origin of curvaceous

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; curve + -aceous
Related formscur·va·ceous·ly, cur·va·cious·ly, adverbcur·va·ceous·ness, cur·va·cious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for curvaceous


/ (kɜːˈveɪʃəs) /


informal (esp of a woman) having shapely curves or a well-rounded body
Derived Formscurvaceously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for curvaceous



1936, U.S. colloquial, from curve + facetious use of -aceous, Modern Latin botanical suffix meaning "of a certain kind." First recorded reference is to Mae West.

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