Definition of sumptuous in English:



  • Splendid and expensive-looking.

    ‘the banquet was a sumptuous, luxurious meal’
    • ‘The Queen walks past layer upon layer of sumptuous jewels, magically lighting them up as she goes.’
    • ‘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 staging Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, both of which feature sumptuous scores by Tchaikovsky.’
    • ‘Deep yellow-green, this has a sumptuous perfumed nose of rich tropical fruits.’
    • ‘Much the same could be said of a meal which started outstandingly with two sumptuous starters.’
    • ‘The most sumptuous painting in this show is Titian's Diana and Actaeon.’
    • ‘If you want to travel cheaply and save the pennies for a sumptuous hotel, fly with Ryanair from Prestwick to Beauvais.’
    • ‘The stag group had enjoyed a sumptuous meal at one of Hungarian's finest restaurants.’
    • ‘The inside of each individually-designed bag is equally sumptuous, in baby silk pink or deep opulent red.’
    • ‘It is one of the most stunning buildings in the Clyde Valley and clearly belongs to a bygone age of sumptuous extravagance.’
    • ‘Ride a historic shipjack or end the day with a sumptuous meal of Maryland crabs.’
    • ‘The sumptuous feast ended with a note of caution on how not to overeat.’
    • ‘It was a sumptuous affair that showed Laois has facilities to compare with the very best Ireland has to offer.’
    • ‘The other 11 rooms are a bit cramped, though have the same sumptuous fabrics and comfort levels as public rooms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The guests were treated to a sumptuous meal of varied Indian dishes, one tastier than the next.’
    • ‘Their rich, sumptuous food contrasted with the simple and plain food prepared by the ordinary people of Nepal.’
    • ‘This exquisitely delicate fruit quite rightly features in many sumptuous dessert recipes.’
    • ‘After a sumptuous five course meal the gathering danced the night away to some great music.’
    • ‘The set pieces with full orchestral backing are sumptuous, rich collages of light and colour.’
    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).