Definition of sumptuous in English:



  • Splendid and expensive-looking.

    ‘the banquet was a sumptuous, luxurious meal’
    • ‘The most sumptuous painting in this show is Titian's Diana and Actaeon.’
    • ‘Ride a historic shipjack or end the day with a sumptuous meal of Maryland crabs.’
    • ‘Much the same could be said of a meal which started outstandingly with two sumptuous starters.’
    • ‘After a sumptuous five course meal the gathering danced the night away to some great music.’
    • ‘In this respect, there is a proverb that if a person with a warm heart gives a glass of cold water, it is really a sumptuous meal.’
    • ‘It is one of the most stunning buildings in the Clyde Valley and clearly belongs to a bygone age of sumptuous extravagance.’
    • ‘The inside of each individually-designed bag is equally sumptuous, in baby silk pink or deep opulent red.’
    • ‘The sumptuous feast ended with a note of caution on how not to overeat.’
    • ‘The Queen walks past layer upon layer of sumptuous jewels, magically lighting them up as she goes.’
    • ‘The other 11 rooms are a bit cramped, though have the same sumptuous fabrics and comfort levels as public rooms.’
    • ‘The guests were treated to a sumptuous meal of varied Indian dishes, one tastier than the next.’
    • ‘The set pieces with full orchestral backing are sumptuous, rich collages of light and colour.’
    • ‘It is staging Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, both of which feature sumptuous scores by Tchaikovsky.’
    • ‘The stag group had enjoyed a sumptuous meal at one of Hungarian's finest restaurants.’
    • ‘Deep yellow-green, this has a sumptuous perfumed nose of rich tropical fruits.’
    • ‘This exquisitely delicate fruit quite rightly features in many sumptuous dessert recipes.’
    • ‘If you want to travel cheaply and save the pennies for a sumptuous hotel, fly with Ryanair from Prestwick to Beauvais.’
    • ‘Their rich, sumptuous food contrasted with the simple and plain food prepared by the ordinary people of Nepal.’
    • ‘It was a sumptuous affair that showed Laois has facilities to compare with the very best Ireland has to offer.’
    • ‘The truth is that, at present, I only have to lift my eyes by ten degrees and I have a sumptuous panoramic view of a building site.’
    lavish, luxurious, deluxe, opulent, magnificent, resplendent, gorgeous, splendid, grand, extravagant, lush, lavishly appointed, palatial, princely, rich, costly, expensive, impressive, imposing
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘made or produced at great cost’): from Old French somptueux, from Latin sumptuosus, from sumptus ‘expenditure’ (see sumptuary).