[ suhmp-choo-uhs ]
/ ˈsʌmp tʃu əs /


entailing great expense, as from choice materials, fine work, etc.; costly: a sumptuous residence.
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
Related forms
Can be confusedsumptuary sumptuous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sumptuous


/ (ˈsʌmptjʊəs) /


expensive or extravagantsumptuous costumes
magnificent; splendida sumptuous scene
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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