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From French somptueux, from Latin sumptuōsus, from sūmptus (cost, charge, expense), perfect passive participle of sūmō, sūmere (take).



sumptuous (comparative more sumptuous, superlative most sumptuous)

  1. Magnificent, luxurious, splendid.
    • 1764, Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller:
      Though poor the peasant’s hut, his feasts though small,
      He sees his little lot the lot of all;
      Sees no contiguous palace rear its head
      To shame the meanness of his humble shed;
      No costly lord the sumptuous banquet deal
      To make him loathe his vegetable meal;
    • 1829, Washington Irving, The Alhambra[1]:
      I wandered on until I came to a sumptuous palace with a garden adorned with fountains and fishponds, and groves and flowers, and orchards laden with delicious fruit.
    • 2012 April 21, Jonathan Jurejko, “Newcastle 3-0 Stoke”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      Cabaye pulled all the strings in a dominant home performance and capped a majestic individual display with a sumptuous first-time finish into the far corner for his second goal of the afternoon.


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