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[op-yuh-luh nt] /ˈɒp yə lənt/
characterized by or exhibiting opulence:
an opulent suite.
wealthy, rich, or affluent.
richly supplied; abundant or plentiful:
opulent sunshine.
Origin of opulent
1595-1605; < Latin opulentus wealthy, equivalent to op- (stem of ops power, wealth) + -ulentus -ulent
Related forms
opulently, adverb
unopulent, adjective
unopulently, adverb
1. sumptuous, luxurious.
1. poor; squalid. Unabridged
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  • Additionally, it shouldn't be ignored that the rich entertain in an opulent style.
  • The opulent jewelry that accompanied their burials, she says, indicates that the group belonged to a ruling family.
  • It is also notorious for the dinginess of some of its less opulent ones.
  • But the villas and compounds that proliferated in the major cities were opulent, far too expensive for ordinary people.
  • The space itself is opulent and serene, complete with a burbling fountain-one of several in these galleries.
  • Governments collected taxes for administrative and war purposes and to finance the opulent lifestyles of the ruling group.
  • Many of these historic theaters also feature opulent decorations, priceless works of art and ornate sculptures.
  • Take your pick of hotels with convenient locations, comfortable accommodations and opulent amenities.
  • Inside the large white dome is an opulent interior, and visitors are welcome to explore the church.
  • The dining room is opulent and the menu sophisticated.
British Dictionary definitions for opulent


having or indicating wealth
abundant or plentiful
Derived Forms
opulence, (rare) opulency, noun
opulently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin opulens, from opēs (pl) wealth
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Word Origin and History for opulent

c.1600, from Middle French opulent, from Latin opulentem (nominative opulens) "wealthy, rich," from opulentus (see opulence).

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