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From Middle French voluptueux, from Latin voluptuosus (delightful), from voluptās (pleasure, delight), from volup (with pleasure).


  • (US) IPA(key): /vəˈlʌp.tʃu.əs/
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voluptuous (comparative more voluptuous, superlative most voluptuous)

  1. Suggestive of or characterized by full, generous, pleasurable sensation.
    The plentiful blankets and the voluptuous pillows of the bed called out to my tired body.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      Thus we lay, whilst a voluptuous languor possest, and still maintain'd us motionless and fast locked in one another's arms
  2. (of a woman) Curvaceous and sexually attractive.
    • 2018, Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death, HarperVoyager, page 35:
      She was very dark skinned and has a voluptuous figure that she showed off with her stylish purple dress.
    The low neckline of her bodice emphasised her plump, voluptuous figure.


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