One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of food) extremely luxurious.‘a Lucullan repast for one’
luxurious, luxury, sumptuous, palatial, opulent, splendid, magnificent, lavish, grand, rich, superior, high-class, quality, exclusive, choice, select, elegant, well appointed, fancyView synonyms
- ‘Contrary to their plain and simple overtones, I could imagine the dishes being used in elaborate Lucullan feasts (think beets and pot de creme).’
- ‘On the first night of their honeymoon cruise, Betty and Dean enjoyed a Lucullan feast of champagne, salmon pate, lobster, and caviar in the ship's elegant dining room.’
- ‘If you fly a lot of long hauls, you stop caring much about Lucullan meals or endless wine; you just want to sleep.’
- ‘Imagine that you are nearing the end of a Lucullan dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Dublin.’
- ‘A Lucullan banquet of grilled, roasted, marinated and fried fish was supplemented with such delicacies as purple basil, a preposterously wide variety of fresh mozzarella and something which, I was assured, was called the peach nut, an item that shared characteristics of both and yet neither.’
Mid 19th century: from the name of Licinius Lucullus, Roman general of the 1st century BC, famous for giving lavish banquets, + -an.
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