Definition of opulent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈäpyələnt/


1Ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish: the opulent comfort of a limousine
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  • I bring this to his attention in the opulent comfort of the living room of his Holland Park house.
  • This lavish, opulent approach - one might call it ‘good taste with good humour’ - is typical of her style.
  • He relishes an opulent lifestyle with palatial homes in Europe and America, private jets, two yachts and a helicopter.
luxurious, sumptuous, palatial, lavish, lavishly appointed, rich, splendid, magnificent, grand, grandiose, fancy
informal plush, classy, ritzy, posh, swanky, swank
copious, abundant, profuse, prolific, plentiful, luxuriant
literary plenteous
1.1Wealthy: his more opulent tenants
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  • The wealth from oil enabled him to head an opulent and corrupt court.
  • The town became an opulent centre of a powerful and prosperous state.
wealthy, rich, affluent, well off, well-to-do, moneyed, prosperous, of means, of substance
informal well heeled, rolling in money/dough, rolling in it, loaded, stinking/filthy rich, made of money, in clover, (living) on easy street
dated in the chips



Pronunciation: /ˈäpyələntlē/
Example sentences
  • Dance is only one of several disciplines covered in Goldberg's opulently illustrated survey of the trends and accomplishments that have transformed the world's stages in the past 40 years.
  • The nostalgia and tradition is reflected throughout the hotel, particularly in the opulently decorated rooms and suites, of which there are 300.
  • Unlike the rest of the Convention Center, which was opulently modern, the Auditorium seemed like a picture out of the early 1960's.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'wealthy, affluent'): from Latin opulent- 'wealthy, splendid', from opes 'wealth'.

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Syllabification: op·u·lent

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