Origin of sumptuaryClassical Latin sumptuarius from sumptus, expense from past participle of sumere, to take: see consume
- Legally regulating expenditures considered extravagant.
- Legally prohibiting or discouraging, as by the imposition of taxes, certain behaviors: sumptuary laws forbidding gambling.
Origin of sumptuaryLatin sūmptuārius from sūmptus expense from past participle of sūmere to take, buy ; see em- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more sumptuary, superlative most sumptuary)
- Relating to expense; regulating expense or expenditure.
- Relating to a law; sumptuary laws or regulations, are those intended to restrain or limit the expenditure of citizens in apparel, food, furniture, etc.; laws which regulate the prices of commodities and the wages of labor; laws which forbid or restrict the use of certain articles, as of luxurious apparel.
Latin sumptuarius, from sumptus expense, cost, from sumere, sumptum, "to take", "use", "spend"; sub "under" + emere "to take", "buy": compare with French somptuaire