luxury

noun
lux·​u·​ry | \ ˈlək-sh(ə-)rē How to pronounce luxury (audio) , -zh(ə-)rē How to pronounce luxury (audio) \
plural luxuries

Definition of luxury

1 : a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort : sumptuous environment lived in luxury
2a : 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
3 archaic : lechery, lust

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luxury adjective

Examples of luxury in a Sentence

He spent a fortune on expensive wines and other luxuries. Right now a new car is a luxury that I can't afford. On my salary, I can afford few luxuries. We were lucky to have the luxury of choosing from among several good options. We can't afford the luxury of waiting any longer.
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The findings, first reported by The Washington Post, determined Bransfield had spent church funds on dining out, liquor, personal travel and luxury items, as well as personal gifts to fellow bishops and cardinals in the U.S. and Vatican. John Raby, baltimoresun.com, "Lawsuit accusing ex-West Virginia bishop of drunken sexual assault settled; replacement to be installed today," 22 Aug. 2019 The Byar Volta is an electric city bike designed for urbanites with a penchant for luxury, not speed. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Byar Volta is a shaft-driven e-bike that might never need charging," 17 July 2019 Ugly Duckling Coty has increased sales and improved profit in luxury and professional beauty, but core consumer products are now money-losers. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "What Kylie Jenner Can Teach Us About M&A," 12 July 2019 Waiving and stretching players is never a team's first recourse, but this was the price for the Bucks to retain Lopez and Hill in particular while staying under the NBA's luxury-tax threshold of $132.6 million in salary. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks waive Jon Leuer to create cap space; George Hill signing becomes official," 9 July 2019 Keep scrolling for a 10-minute makeup tutorial for women who consider time a luxury (*raises hand*). Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "I Tried Sir John's New Lion King Collection," 21 June 2019 In order to shame churchmen and laypeople alike into being less focused on wealth and luxury, moralists mobilized all the rhetorical weapons at their disposal. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 Adding to the luxury and convenience, all buildings have elevators and Vista Flats units have private elevators into each home. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Infill communities add beauty," 16 Aug. 2019 Meat is an unaffordable luxury: a kilo of beef costs 9% of an average week’s pay. The Economist, "Egypt is reforming its economy, but poverty is rising," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of luxury

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for luxury

Middle English luxurie, from Anglo-French luxorie, from Latin luxuria rankness, luxury, excess; akin to Latin luxus luxury, excess

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luxury

noun

English Language Learners Definition of luxury

: 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

luxury

noun
lux·​u·​ry | \ ˈlək-shə-rē How to pronounce luxury (audio) , ˈləg-zhə-\
plural luxuries

Kids Definition of luxury

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

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