Definitions

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

  • adj. Of a size or splendor suggesting great expense; lavish: "He likes big meals, so I cook sumptuous ones” ( Anaïs Nin).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. magnificent, luxurious, extremely good

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Involving large outlay or expense; costly; expensive; hence, luxurious; splendid; magnificient.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Costly; expensive; hence, splendid; magnificent: as, a sumptuous house or table; sumptuous apparel.
  • Synonyms Gorgeous, superb, rich, lordly, princely.

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

  • adj. rich and superior in quality

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French sumptueux, from Latin sūmptuōsus, from sūmptus, expense; see sumptuary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French somptueux, Latin sumptuosus, from sumptus, "expense", from sumere, "to take". (Wiktionary)

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  • He is the slave of the dream of life... He has listened to the vagaries of the prophets, who have given to him the sumptuous bubble of Paradise.

    Jack London, John Barleycorn

    July 26, 2011