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[suhmp-choo-uh s] /ˈsʌmp tʃu əs/
entailing great expense, as from choice materials, fine work, etc.; costly:
a sumptuous residence.
luxuriously fine or large; lavish; splendid:
a sumptuous feast.
Origin of sumptuous
1475-85; < Latin sūmptuōsus, equivalent to sūmptu(s) expense (see sumptuary) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
sumptuously, adverb
sumptuousness, noun
unsumptuous, adjective
unsumptuously, adverb
unsumptuousness, noun
Can be confused
sumptuary, sumptuous.
2. magnificent, luxurious, munificent. Unabridged
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  • Arthur noticed that his mother dressed particularly well for the visits of the politicians, and entertained them sumptuously.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Indeed, they were sumptuously, lavishly, prodigally provided for.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • They were received with open arms by the Presidente of the village and the Padre and were most sumptuously entertained.

    An Ohio Woman in the Philippines Emily Bronson Conger
  • Those of her relatives and the castemen who are invited are sumptuously fed.

  • One room was sumptuously furnished for her private accommodation.

  • We were sumptuously entertained at a banquet at the Omaha Club.

    In to the Yukon William Seymour Edwards
  • After supper, their bed-chamber was sumptuously adorned for them; and the angel and the hermit went to rest.

    Mediaeval Tales Various
  • Mrs. Cobb was sumptuously independent in the conduct of these affairs.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • Just across the aisle from the Lawrences sat a rich financier, in his sumptuously cushioned pew.

    An Ambitious Man Ella Wheeler Wilcox
British Dictionary definitions for sumptuously


expensive or extravagant: sumptuous costumes
magnificent; splendid: a sumptuous scene
Derived Forms
sumptuously, adverb
sumptuousness, sumptuosity (ˌsʌmptjʊˈɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French somptueux, from Latin sumptuōsus costly, from sumptus; see sumptuary
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Word Origin and History for sumptuously



late 15c., from Old French sumptueux, from Latin sumptuosus "costly, expensive," from sumptus "cost, expense," past participle of sumere "spend, consume, take," contraction of *sub-emere, from sub- "under" + emere "to take, buy" (see exempt (adj.)).

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