Dictionary.com

Sybarite

[ sib-uh-rahyt ]
/ ˈsɪb əˌraɪt /
Save This Word!

noun

(usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
an inhabitant of Sybaris.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of Sybarite

1590–1600; <Latin Sybarīta<Greek Sybarī́tēs.See Sybaris, -ite1
syb·a·rit·ism [sib-uh-rahy-tiz-uhm], /ˈsɪb ə raɪˌtɪz əm/, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for Sybarite (1 of 2)

sybarite
/ (ˈsɪbəˌraɪt) /

noun

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

adjective

luxurious; sensuous
sybaritic (ˌsɪbəˈrɪtɪk) or rare sybaritical, adjectivesybaritically, adverbsybaritism, noun
C16: from Latin Sybarīta, from Greek Subaritēs inhabitant of Sybaris

British Dictionary definitions for Sybarite (2 of 2)

Sybarite
/ (ˈsɪbəˌraɪt) /

noun

a native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
What's This Word?