Of a size or splendor suggesting great expense; lavish: "He likes big meals, so I cook sumptuous ones" (Anaïs Nin).
[Middle English, from Old French sumptueux, from Latin sūmptuōsus, from sūmptus, expense; see SUMPTUARY.]
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