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[op-yuh-luh nt]
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  1. characterized by or exhibiting opulence: an opulent suite.
  2. wealthy, rich, or affluent.
  3. richly supplied; abundant or plentiful: opulent sunshine.
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Origin of opulent

1595–1605; < Latin opulentus wealthy, equivalent to op- (stem of ops power, wealth) + -ulentus -ulent
Related formsop·u·lent·ly, adverbun·op·u·lent, adjectiveun·op·u·lent·ly, adverb


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1. sumptuous, luxurious.


1. poor; squalid.
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  1. having or indicating wealth
  2. abundant or plentiful
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Derived Formsopulence or rare opulency, nounopulently, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin opulens, from opēs (pl) wealth
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Word Origin and History for opulent


c.1600, from Middle French opulent, from Latin opulentem (nominative opulens) "wealthy, rich," from opulentus (see opulence).

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