Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Marked by lavishness and richness; sumptuous.

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

  • adjective characterized by extravagance and profusion

Etymologies

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

[After Lucius Licinius Lucullus.]

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After the Roman general Lucullus (circa 117-57 BCE), known for his sumptuous banquets.

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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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

  • i did mean to say earlier that rhyming Cuchulain with Lucullan was/is a stroke of genius warranting a slow clap if not three cheers.

    February 27, 2014

  • Thank goodness for Wordnik! I was able to quickly assure myself that slow clap is not a wasting disease.

    February 28, 2014

  • I find this limerick most acceptable.

    March 1, 2014