Definitions

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

  • adjective Of a size or splendor suggesting great expense; lavish.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

  • adjective magnificent, luxurious, extremely good

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

  • adjective rich and superior in quality

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French sumptueux, from Latin sūmptuōsus, from sūmptus, expense; see sumptuary.]

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From French somptueux, Latin sumptuosus, from sumptus, "expense", from sumere, "to take".

Examples

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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