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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.
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Origin of sumptuous

1475–85; < Latin sūmptuōsus, equivalent to sūmptu(s) expense (see sumptuary) + -ōsus -ous
Related formssump·tu·ous·ly, adverbsump·tu·ous·ness, nounun·sump·tu·ous, adjectiveun·sump·tu·ous·ly, adverbun·sump·tu·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedsumptuary sumptuous

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Related Words for sumptuous

beautiful, swank, awe-inspiring, posh, lavish, palatial, grand, magnificent, opulent, superb, elegant, luscious, extravagant, gorgeous, deluxe, plush, luxuriant, costly, dear, expensive

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British Dictionary definitions for sumptuous


  1. expensive or extravagantsumptuous costumes
  2. magnificent; splendida sumptuous scene
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Derived Formssumptuously, adverbsumptuousness or sumptuosity (ˌsʌmptjʊˈɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for sumptuous

C16: from Old French somptueux, from Latin sumptuōsus costly, from sumptus; see sumptuary
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Word Origin and History for sumptuous


late 15c., from Old French sumptueux, from Latin sumptuosus "costly, expensive," from sumptus "cost, expense," past participle of sumere "spend, consume, take," contraction of *sub-emere, from sub- "under" + emere "to take, buy" (see exempt (adj.)).

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