Definitions

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

  • n. A person whose life is given over to luxury and sensual pleasures; a sensualist: "an adventurous voluptuary, angling in all streams for variety of pleasures” ( Thomas De Quincey).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One whose life is devoted to sensual appetites; a sensualist, a pleasure-seeker.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A voluptuous person; one who makes his physical enjoyment his chief care; one addicted to luxury, and the gratification of sensual appetites.
  • adj. Voluptuous; luxurious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or contributing to luxury and sensual pleasure; promoting sensual indulgence.
  • Given to sensual indulgence; voluptuous: as, voluptuary habits.
  • n. pl. voluptuaries (-riz). A man given up to luxury or the gratification of the appetite and other sensual indulgences; a sensualist.

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

  • adj. displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses
  • n. a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses

Etymologies

French voluptuaire, from Old French, from Late Latin voluptuārius, variant of Latin voluptārius, devoted to pleasure, from voluptās, pleasure; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a Late Latin variant of Latin voluptarius ("devoted to pleasure"), from voluptas ("pleasure"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "His countenance bore as little the marks of self-denial, as his habit indicated contempt of worldly splendour. His features might have been called good, had there not lurked under the pent-house of his eye, that sly epicurean twinkle which indicates the cautious voluptuary."

    - Description of the Prior of Jorvaulx Abbey in chapter two of 'Ivanhoe' by Sir Walter Scott

    December 23, 2010

  • "Though depicted as a decadent voluptuary, she remained celibate for more than half of her adult life."
    - Michiko Kakutani, 'Cleopatra Behind Her Magic Mirror', New York Times, 5 June 1990.

    September 6, 2009