Definition of voluptuary in English:

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Pronunciation: /vəˈləp(t)SHəˌwerē/

noun (plural voluptuaries)

A person devoted to luxury and sensual pleasure.
Example sentences
  • The novel's Italians are listless voluptuaries, its Germans are dedicated and earnest, its nuns are whores or maniacs and its censors are libidinously thrilled by the material they censor.
  • Forget purported health benefits of vegetarian meals, this is a dish for voluptuaries.
  • The 1963 cult film classic introduced a cast of campy and erotic voluptuaries, some of them drag queens, in a series of beautiful and delirious tableaus.


Concerned with luxury and sensual pleasure: a voluptuary decade when high living was in style


Early 17th century: from Latin volupt(u)arius, from voluptas 'pleasure'.

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Syllabification: vo·lup·tu·ar·y

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