noun, plural vo·lup·tu·ar·ies.

a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit and enjoyment of luxury and sensual pleasure.


of, relating to, or characterized by preoccupation with luxury and sensual pleasure: voluptuary tastes.

Origin of voluptuary

1595–1605; < Late Latin voluptuārius, Latin voluptārius pertaining to (sensual) pleasure, equivalent to volupt(ās) pleasure + -ārius -ary; for -u- see voluptuous
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Examples from the Web for voluptuary

Contemporary Examples of voluptuary

Historical Examples of voluptuary

  • Bigot, a voluptuary in every sense, craved a change of pleasure.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Fair lady, he went onyour mother was, like yourself, a voluptuary.

  • Voluptuary as he was, Ulick didn't feel a spark of erotic emotion for his companion.

    Painted Veils

    James Huneker

  • A great governor may be one-fourth voluptuary, but he must be three-parts politician.

  • An epicure and a voluptuary, he had lived in extraordinary luxury.

    Old and New London

    Walter Thornbury

British Dictionary definitions for voluptuary


noun plural -aries

a person devoted or addicted to luxury and sensual pleasures


of, relating to, characterized by, or furthering sensual gratification or luxury

Word Origin for voluptuary

C17: from Late Latin voluptuārius delightful, from Latin voluptās pleasure
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Word Origin and History for voluptuary

c.1600 (n. and adj.), from Latin voluptuarius, from voluptarius, from voluptas "pleasure" (see voluptuous).

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