[ loo-kuhl-uhn ]

  1. (especially of banquets, parties, etc.) marked by lavishness and richness; sumptuous.

  2. of or relating to Lucullus or his lifestyle.

Origin of Lucullan

First recorded in 1855–60; from Latin Lūcullānus; see Lucullus, -an
  • Also Lu·cul·le·an [loo-kuh-lee-uhn], /ˌlu kəˈli ən/, Lu·cul·li·an .

Words Nearby Lucullan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Lucullan in a sentence

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

    Why the Roman Republic Died | David Frum | September 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • Festive banquets, sinful suppers, long-spun-out lunches were as frequent and at times as Lucullan as in the days of the Regency.

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

    The Mad Planet | Murray Leinster
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for Lucullan


Lucullean or Lucullian (ˌluːkʌˈlɪən)

/ (luːˈkʌlən) /

  1. luxurious or sumptuous

Origin of Lucullan

named after Lucius Licinius Lucullus

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