[ sen-shoo-uh s ]
/ ˈsɛn ʃu əs /


perceived by or affecting the senses: the sensuous qualities of music.
readily affected through the senses: a sensuous temperament.
of or relating to sensible objects or to the senses.

Origin of sensuous

1630–40; < Latin sēnsu(s) sense + -ous


1 See sensual.
2 feeling, sensible.
3 sentient.

Related forms

Can be confused

sensual sensuous (see synonym study at sensual) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sensuous


/ (ˈsɛnsjʊəs) /


aesthetically pleasing to the senses
appreciative of or moved by qualities perceived by the senses
of, relating to, or derived from the senses

Derived Forms

sensuously, adverbsensuousness, noun

Word Origin for sensuous

C17: apparently coined by Milton to avoid the unwanted overtones of sensual; not in common use until C19: from Latin sēnsus sense + -ous
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