Definition of opulent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒpjʊl(ə)nt/


1Ostentatiously costly and luxurious: 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, lavishly appointed, lavish, deluxe, rich, lush, luxuriant, splendid, magnificent, grand, grandiose, costly, expensive, fancy
informal plush, plushy, ritzy, swanky, posh, classy
British informal swish
North American informal 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, cash rich, with deep pockets, prosperous, of means, of substance
informal well heeled, rolling in it, rolling in money, loaded, in clover, stinking/filthy rich, flush, made of money, in/on easy street
British informal quids in
informal, dated in the chips, oofy, on velvet



Pronunciation: /ˈɒpjʊl(ə)ntli/
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'): from Latin opulent- 'wealthy, splendid', from opes 'wealth'.

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