- The definition of sumptuous is magnificent, costly, a high expense.
An example of sumptuous is a beautifully furnished house with 50 rooms in it.
- involving great expense; costly; lavish
- magnificent or splendid, as in furnishings, etc.
Origin: Middle English from Old French sumptueux from Classical Latin sumptuosus from sumptus: see sumptuary
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Origin: Middle English, from Old French sumptueux, from Latin sūmptuōsus, from sūmptus, expense; see sumptuary.
- sumpˈtu·ous·ly adverb
- sumpˈtu·ous·ness noun