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From sumptuary (adjective) +‎ -ies (variant of -es (suffix forming the regular plurals of nouns)).

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sumptuaries pl (plural only)

  1. (chiefly anthropology) Things (especially luxurious or sumptuous possessions) that a person owns.
    • 2013, George F. Lau, “Familiar Others: Kin, Collectivity and Authority”, in Ancient Alterity in the Andes: A Recognition of Others, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, New York, N.Y.: Routledge, →OCLC, page 60:
      Archaeologists are good at identifying chiefly societies in several orthodox ways. The primary ways highlight material patterns which indicate ranking and differential access to resources (e.g., variability in sumptuaries, better diet, elite tombs, central places, monuments, etc.).

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