luxury

noun
lux·​u·​ry | \ ˈlək-sh(ə-)rē, -zh(ə-)rē \
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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Katie Holmes reportedly bought daughter Suri a $24,000 luxury playhouse for Christmas in 2012. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 Most Outrageous and Bizarre Christmas Gifts Celebs Have Given Each Other," 7 Nov. 2018 And the relationship isn’t getting better, particularly with Trump’s renewed threats to impose tariffs on European luxury cars, especially those manufactured in Germany. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Could Accidentally Help Save Angela Merkel," 22 June 2018 By branding sleep as a luxury and wellness commodity, Casper has proven that customers are willing to spend on sleep. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 The revelation that self-care isn’t a luxury, but a necessity (for everybody, not only those who misuse alcohol and other drugs) was life-changing. Claire Gillespie, Glamour, "Self-Care Only Worked for Me When I Got Sober," 22 Dec. 2018 Sharif's son-in-law is currently serving his one-year prison sentence on the same charge, which stems from the purchase of luxury apartments in Britain that the court said were bought with illegally acquired money. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 In just the past year, the hotel has been joined by the Sleepy Bee Cafe, which opened a location on Fourth Street, east of Vine;and the City Club Apartments, which opened a 294-unit luxury apartment complex about a half-block south of Starbucks. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Two historic Downtown buildings up for sale along fast-developing Fourth Street corridor," 12 July 2018 For the last eight years, Ullman has been the executive vice president of The Sherry-Netherland, a 38-story luxury apartment hotel across Fifth Avenue from Central Park, a pitching wedge from Trump Tower. Logan Jenkins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For true moderates, New Yorker tops Dem dream ticket," 9 July 2018 Following their engagement, the two have reportedly moved into a new luxury apartment together in Manhattan. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Pete Davidson’s Tattoo Artist Reveals Comic's Love for Ariana Grande Is 'Obvious' — But He Has a Warning," 24 June 2018

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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, 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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