noun lux·u·ry \ˈlək-sh(ə-)rē, -zh(ə-)rē\

: a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth

: something that is expensive and not necessary

: something that is helpful or welcome and that is not usually or always available

plural lux·u·ries

Full Definition of LUXURY

archaic :  lechery, lust
:  a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort :  sumptuous environment <lived in luxury>
a :  something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary <one of life's luxuries>
b :  an indulgence in something that provides pleasure, satisfaction, or ease <had the luxury of rejecting a handful of job offers — Terri Minsky>
luxury adjective

Examples of LUXURY

  1. He spent a fortune on expensive wines and other luxuries.
  2. Right now a new car is a luxury that I can't afford.
  3. On my salary, I can afford few luxuries.
  4. We were lucky to have the luxury of choosing from among several good options.
  5. We can't afford the luxury of waiting any longer.

Origin of LUXURY

Middle English luxurie, from Anglo-French luxorie, from Latin luxuria rankness, luxury, excess; akin to Latin luxus luxury, excess
First Known Use: 14th century
LUXURIES Defined for Kids


noun lux·u·ry \ˈlək-shə-rē, ˈləg-zhə-\
plural lux·u·ries

Definition of LUXURY for Kids

:  very rich, pleasant, and comfortable surroundings <They live in luxury.>
:  something desirable but expensive or hard to get <Fresh strawberries are a luxury in winter.>
:  something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary <That new car is a luxury I can't afford.>


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