[vuh-luhp-choo-uh s]
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  1. full of, characterized by, or ministering to indulgence in luxury, pleasure, and sensuous enjoyment: a voluptuous life.
  2. derived from gratification of the senses: voluptuous pleasure.
  3. directed toward or concerned with sensuous enjoyment or sensual pleasure: voluptuous desires.
  4. sensuously pleasing or delightful: voluptuous beauty.

Origin of voluptuous

1325–75; Middle English < Latin voluptuōsus, equivalent to volupt(ās) pleasure + -ōsus -ous; -u- probably by association with sumptuōsus sumptuous
Related formsvo·lup·tu·ous·ly, adverbvo·lup·tu·ous·ness, vo·lup·tu·os·i·ty [vuh-luhp-choo-os-i-tee] /vəˌlʌp tʃuˈɒs ɪ ti/, nounun·vo·lup·tu·ous, adjectiveun·vo·lup·tu·ous·ly, adverbun·vo·lup·tu·ous·ness, noun

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1. See sensual.
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  1. relating to, characterized by, or consisting of pleasures of the body or senses; sensual
  2. disposed, devoted, or addicted to sensual indulgence or luxurious pleasures
  3. provocative and sexually alluring, esp through shapeliness or fullnessa voluptuous woman
Derived Formsvoluptuously, adverbvoluptuousness, noun

Word Origin for voluptuous

C14: from Latin voluptuōsus full of gratification, from voluptās pleasure
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Word Origin and History for voluptuous

late 14c., "of desires or appetites," from Old French voluptueux, from Latin voluptuosus "full of pleasure, delightful," from voluptas "pleasure, delight," from volup "pleasurably," perhaps ultimately related to velle "to wish," from PIE *wol-/*wel- "be pleasing" (see will (v.)). Meaning "addicted to sensual pleasure" is recorded from mid-15c. Sense of "suggestive of sensual pleasure" is attested from 1816 (Byron); especially in reference to feminine beauty from 1839.

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