adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin sumptuosus, from sumptus Date: 15th century extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent <
sumptuous banquets
a sumptuous residence
; also magnificent 4 • sumptuously adverbsumptuousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Sumptuous — Sump tu*ous, a. [L. sumptuosus, fr. sumptus expanse, cost: cf. F. somptueux. See {Sumptuary}.] Involving large outlay or expense; costly; expensive; hence, luxurious; splendid; magnificient; as, a sumptuous house or table; sumptuous apparel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sumptuous — index elaborate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sumptuous — late 15c., from O.Fr. sumptueux, from L. sumptuosus costly, expensive, from sumptus cost, expense, pp. of sumere spend, consume, take, contraction of *sub emere, from sub under + emere to take, buy (see EXEMPT (Cf. exempt)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sumptuous — *luxurious, opulent Analogous words: magnificent, stately, majestic, *grand: *splendid, resplendent, gorgeous, superb: *showy, ostentatious, pretentious: lavish, prodigal (see PROFUSE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sumptuous — [adj] luxurious, splendid awe inspiring, beautiful, costly, dear, deluxe, elegant, expensive, extravagant, gorgeous, grand, grandiose, imposing, impressive, lavish, luscious, luxuriant, magnificent, opulent, out of this world, palatial, plush,… …   New thesaurus

  • sumptuous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ splendid and expensive looking. DERIVATIVES sumptuously adverb sumptuousness noun. ORIGIN Latin sumptuosus, from sumptus cost …   English terms dictionary

  • sumptuous — [sump′cho͞o əs] adj. [ME < OFr sumptueux < L sumptuosus < sumptus: see SUMPTUARY] 1. involving great expense; costly; lavish 2. magnificent or splendid, as in furnishings, etc. sumptuously adv. sumptuousness n …   English World dictionary

  • sumptuous — [[t]sʌ̱mptʃuəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is sumptuous is grand and obviously very expensive. ...a sumptuous feast... She produces elegant wedding gowns in a variety of sumptuous fabrics. Derived words: sumptuously ADV GRADED ADV adj, ADV… …   English dictionary

  • sumptuous — sumptuously, adv. sumptuousness, n. /sump chooh euhs/, adj. 1. entailing great expense, as from choice materials, fine work, etc.; costly: a sumptuous residence. 2. luxuriously fine or large; lavish; splendid: a sumptuous feast. [1475 85; < L… …   Universalium

  • sumptuous — sump|tu|ous [ˈsʌmptʃuəs] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: sumptueux, from Latin sumptuosus, from sumptus cost ] very impressive and expensive ▪ a sumptuous feast ▪ a sumptuous palace >sumptuously adv >sumptuousness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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