[ suhmp-choo-uhs ]
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  1. entailing great expense, as from choice materials, fine work, etc.; costly: a sumptuous residence.

  2. luxuriously fine or large; lavish; splendid: a sumptuous feast.

Origin of sumptuous

1475–85; <Latin sūmptuōsus, equivalent to sūmptu(s) expense (see sumptuary) + -ōsus-ous

Other words for sumptuous

Other words from sumptuous

  • sump·tu·ous·ly, adverb
  • sump·tu·ous·ness, noun
  • un·sump·tu·ous, adjective
  • un·sump·tu·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·sump·tu·ous·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with sumptuous

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

How to use sumptuous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sumptuous


/ (ˈsʌmptjʊəs) /

  1. expensive or extravagant: sumptuous costumes

  2. magnificent; splendid: a sumptuous scene

Origin of sumptuous

C16: from Old French somptueux, from Latin sumptuōsus costly, from sumptus; see sumptuary

Derived forms of sumptuous

  • sumptuously, adverb
  • sumptuousness or sumptuosity (ˌsʌmptjʊˈɒsɪtɪ), noun

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