Opulent is a word that you will hear a lot around rich people looking to show off. "Remember the opulent buffet at Carrie’s sweet sixteen? Sixteen chocolate cakes iced in gold leaf!"

  • Pronunciation: /'ɑpjələnt/
  • English Description: suggestive of or characterized by great expenseconnected with another
  • Chinese Translation: 豪华的(hao2 hua2 de)
  • Spanish Translation: opulento
  • STORY: If you want to remember that opulent is a word describing lavish displays of wealth, you can think of the word opal to help you remember it––opal being a rare gem. And if you are lucky enough to be able to afford opulence yourself, don’t describe it that way. The word contains connotations of pretentious. And gold leaf cake aside, who wants that?


  • Suites are over-the-top royal with mile-high adorned ceilings, crystal chandeliers, antique decor, opulent baths, and canopied beds.
  • Up the staircase and into the opulent ballroom, visitors can see the dressed table for a state banquet, laid out with royal tableware and centerpieces.

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