A Word A Day : Luxuriant

Thursday, 10th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : lug-zoree-ant & luk-shoree-ant


1. with a lot of young rich healthy growth

2. growing thickly and profusely

3. written in an elaborate, showy, and dramatic style

4. producing vast quantities of something

5. of a luxurious rich character


14th century - Via French - Latin luxuria - profusion, excess


abundant, ample, copious, deluxe, dense, elaborate, excessive, extravagant, exuberant, fancy, fecund, fertile, flamboyant, flourishing, fruitful, lavish, luscious, lush, opulent, overflowing, palatial, plenteous, plentiful, plush, prodigal, productive, profusive, prolific, profuse, plush, rampant, rank, rich, riotous, sumptuous, superabundant, teeming, thriving, luxurious

Luxuriant indicates profusion.

Luxurious means sumptuous and expensive.


lacking, meager, rare, scant, scarce, skimpy, sparse, barren, meager, plain, poor

Contextual Examples:

• The goat has a luxuriant mane of dark curly hair.

• The vine was luxuriant in the time of vintage with leaves and grapes.

• Ata's house stood about eight kilometres from the road that runs round the island and you went to it along a winding pathway shaded by the luxuriant trees of the tropics.

• He wanted to settle in luxuriant country.

NOTE : luxuriant or luxurious?

Both these adjectives are related to the noun luxury, but their meanings do not overlap. Luxuriant is used to describe something that grows in rich profusion, for example, hair or vegetation. Luxurious means very comfortable as in a luxurious bedroom or a luxurious lifestyle.

Related Words:

luxuriantly : Adverb

luxuriously : Adverb

luxury : Noun

luxurious : Adjective

luxuriate : Verb

luxuriance : Noun

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