Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lavish; luxurious.
  • adj. Of or relating to Lucullus or his luxurious banquets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Marked by lavishness and richness; sumptuous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to L. Licinius Lucullus (110–57 b. c.), a Roman, whoso luxurious banquets became proverbial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by extravagance and profusion

Etymologies

After Lucius Licinius Lucullus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
After the Roman general Lucullus (circa 117-57 BCE), known for his sumptuous banquets. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then, piling a Lucullan Pelion on Ossa in my Titanic hubris, I dug up a recipe for Paprika Pork Chops Molise Style, reasoning infallibly that paprika would complement its red bell pepper co-varietal quite nicely.

    princeofcairo: [RECIPE] One Magnificent Meal

  • Marcus Lucullus is not to be confused with his brother Lucius Licinius Lucullus, who was busy at the time commanding Roman troops against Mithridates in Anatolia but is better known today for his love of gastronomyhence the adjective Lucullan.

    The Spartacus War

  • I accept this Lucullan offering as a true compliment, and am not repelled by my host's proud description, but these reactions are contradictory.

    Cardiac

  • In some diminished manner the Lucullan estate must have still been extant in 476, because Romulus Augustulus apparently passed the rest of his days there.

    The Road from Ravenna

  • The Lucullan villa at some point gave way to a monastery, enshrining the bones of Saint Severinus; circumstantial evidence suggests that Romulus and his mother may have founded it.

    The Road from Ravenna

  • Afterwards, I went up to the bar in my robe and had a glass of red wine from Primitivo di Manduria, reasonble and young, and looked beyond the glass walls out into the street below with a sense of Lucullan wellbeing.

    midnight escape

  • In 1987, for good and sufficient civic and political reasons, the mayor wanted to turn Bryant Park, the badly rundown open space behind the New York Public Library, into a gloriously landscaped Tuileries Garden for Manhattan crowned with a Lucullan restaurant.

    Crying Wolfe

  • My name is not Lucius Licinius Lucullus Ponticus, and I don't have any Lucullan feasts.

    Tacos with tomatillo sauce?

  • Malcolm's jet/limousine package also included, I found, an invitation from the French Jockey Club, passes to everywhere and a Lucullan lunch appointment with the co-owner of Blue Clancy, Mr Ramsey Osborn.

    Hot Money

  • Troy went to bed in a daze but whether this condition was engendered by the Lucullan dinner Hilary and Kittiwee had provided or by the juxtaposition of unusual circumstances in which she found herself, she was quite unable to determine.

    Tied Up in Tinsel

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  • Plain food did not suit Cuchulain
    If he ate it he soon grew sullen.
    So when he was able
    He ordered his table
    Be Ireland’s most lucullan.

    February 27, 2014