What does the word sumptuary mean?

Usage examples for sumptuary

  1. In former ages, sumptuary laws were enacted by parental governments, in the hope of suppressing extravagance in dress, the state of affairs we deplore now, not being a new development of human weakness, but as old as wealth. – Worldly Ways and Byways by Eliot Gregory
  2. A good old sumptuary ordinance provided that the lesser burgesses should be first provided for in roomy tents erected in the courtyard, while the notables, among whom the commandant and his lovely wife took precedence, were regaled in the family mansion itself. – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai
  3. While we are on the subject of the extraordinary fight of the women for the repeal of this sumptuary law, it will not be inappropriate to take a glance at the female dress of the time. – Roman Women Woman: In All Ages and in All Countries, Volume 2 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain