[loo-kuhl-uh n]


(especially of banquets, parties, etc.) marked by lavishness and richness; sumptuous.
of or relating to Lucullus or his life style.

Also Lu·cul·le·an [loo-kuh-lee-uh n] /ˌlu kəˈli ən/, Lu·cul·li·an.

Origin of Lucullan

1855–60; < Latin Lūcullānus; see Lucullus, -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lucullan

Contemporary Examples of lucullan

  • The first winner, Lucius Licinus Lucullus, still bequeathes to our language the adjective "lucullan."

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    Why the Roman Republic Died

    David Frum

    September 21, 2012

Historical Examples of lucullan

  • Perhaps it does not sound like a Lucullan feast, but after a day in the field in Grant Land it tastes like one.

    The North Pole

    Robert E. Peary

  • Bluebottles, greenbottles, and all the flies of metallic luster were gathered at the Lucullan feast of corruption.

    The Mad Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Festive banquets, sinful suppers, long-spun-out lunches were as frequent and at times as Lucullan as in the days of the Regency.

  • There were bluebottles and green-bottles and all the flies of metallic lustre, gathered at a Lucullan feast of corruption.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for lucullan


Lucullean or Lucullian (ˌluːkʌˈlɪən)


luxurious or sumptuous

Word Origin for Lucullan

named after Lucius Licinius Lucullus
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