[ sib-uh-rahyt ]
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  1. (usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.

  2. an inhabitant of Sybaris.

Origin of Sybarite

1590–1600; <Latin Sybarīta<Greek Sybarī́tēs.See Sybaris, -ite1

Other words for Sybarite

Other words from Sybarite

  • syb·a·rit·ism [sib-uh-rahy-tiz-uhm], /ˈsɪb ə raɪˌtɪz əm/, noun

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How to use Sybarite in a sentence

  • He was not used to travelling on omnibuses, being something of a Sybarite who spared nothing to ensure his own comfort.

    The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
  • Secondly, you are a Sybarite, and you do not without very serious reasons place yourself outside the pale of civilisation.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • She was fed on the daintiest of fare, for Aggie was a Sybarite in all sensuous pleasures that were apart from sex.

    Within the Law | Marvin Dana
  • We are told that one Sybarite, for instance, once ordered his slaves to prepare a couch for him of fresh rose leaves.

    The Story of the Greeks | H. A. Guerber
  • "Hear reason, you immoderate Sybarite," began Rhodopis, endeavoring with a smile to excuse her proceeding.

British Dictionary definitions for sybarite (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsɪbəˌraɪt) /

  1. (sometimes capital) a devotee of luxury and the sensual vices

  1. luxurious; sensuous

Origin of sybarite

C16: from Latin Sybarīta, from Greek Subaritēs inhabitant of Sybaris

Derived forms of sybarite

  • sybaritic (ˌsɪbəˈrɪtɪk) or rare sybaritical, adjective
  • sybaritically, adverb
  • sybaritism, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Sybarite (2 of 2)


/ (ˈsɪbəˌraɪt) /

  1. a native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris

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