[ loo-kruh-tiv ]
/ ˈlu krə tɪv /


profitable; moneymaking; remunerative: a lucrative business.

Nearby words

  1. lucknow,
  2. luckpenny,
  3. lucky,
  4. lucky country,
  5. lucky dip,
  6. lucratively,
  7. lucre,
  8. lucrece,
  9. lucretia,
  10. lucretius

Origin of lucrative

1375–1425; late Middle English lucratif (< Middle French) < Latin lucrātīvus gainful, equivalent to lucrāt(us) (past participle of lucrārī to make a profit, gain by economy; see lucre) + -īvus -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for lucrative


/ (ˈluːkrətɪv) /


producing a profit; profitable; remunerative
Derived Formslucratively, adverblucrativeness, noun

Word Origin for lucrative

C15: from Old French lucratif; see lucre

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Word Origin and History for lucrative



early 15c., from Old French lucratif "profitable" and directly from Latin lucrativus "gainful, profitable," from lucratus, past participle of lucrari "to gain," from lucrum "gain, profit" (see lucre). Related: Lucratively; lucrativeness.

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