[ vuh-luhp-choo-uhs ]
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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.

  1. directed toward or concerned with sensuous enjoyment or sensual pleasure: voluptuous desires.

  2. sensuously pleasing or delightful: voluptuous beauty.

Origin of voluptuous

First recorded 1325–75; Middle English, from Latin voluptuōsus, equivalent to volupt(ās), “pleasure” + -ōsus-ous; -u- probably by association with sumptuōsussumptuous

synonym study For voluptuous

1. See sensual.

Other words from voluptuous

  • vo·lup·tu·ous·ly, adverb
  • vo·lup·tu·ous·ness, vo·lup·tu·os·i·ty [vuh-luhp-choo-os-i-tee], /vəˌlʌp tʃuˈɒs ɪ ti/, noun
  • un·vo·lup·tu·ous, adjective
  • un·vo·lup·tu·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·vo·lup·tu·ous·ness, noun

Words Nearby voluptuous

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How to use voluptuous in a sentence

  • In escort circles, there are two brunette archetypes: the prim Audrey Hepburn type, and the voluptuous Ashley Dupré type.

  • voluptuous and enjoyable are two words you might select to describe a Rick Hertzberg column.

    Rick Hertzberg's Victory Dance | Bryan Curtis | November 3, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • California seemed less like a voluptuous leviathan blowing poppy-dust that blunted the memory of all things beyond her borders.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • Her eyes, too, had a curious hard opaque look, as if the old voluptuous fires had burned out; and she seemed ever on her guard.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • But the tender lines of Lucy's voluptuous figure covered a marble heart.

  • They absolutely revel in the most voluptuous indulgence of the nil admirari.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell
  • All three had brilliant white teeth, that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptuous lips.

    Dracula | Bram Stoker

British Dictionary definitions for voluptuous


/ (vəˈlʌptjʊəs) /

  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

  1. provocative and sexually alluring, esp through shapeliness or fullness: a voluptuous woman

Origin of voluptuous

C14: from Latin voluptuōsus full of gratification, from voluptās pleasure

Derived forms of voluptuous

  • voluptuously, adverb
  • voluptuousness, noun

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