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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Recent Examples on the Web After months of speculation, the minor league season officially was canceled Tuesday, so Adell won’t have the luxury of closing gaps in his development in a normal game setting. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Spring failed to impress. Now, no minors. What’s left for Angels prospect Jo Adell?," 30 June 2020 In general, luxury brands struggled in the 2020 study in part due to problems with their infotainment systems. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "J.D. Power rates Tesla electric vehicles as lowest quality auto brand in 2020 study," 24 June 2020 There will always be a group of individuals that enjoy the luxury of a tablecloth experience. Justin Phillips,, "Podcast: Vinny Eng on how SF New Deal has kept restaurants going through the pandemic," 22 June 2020 But Black communities do not have the luxury of drawing breath between these American atrocities. Alvin Thomas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Black men and boys are especially vulnerable to mental health challenges because of coronavirus and police violence," 18 June 2020 Take advantage of the luxury of toilets, running water and maybe even showers. Outdoor Life, "How to Take Your First Overland Hunting Adventure this Fall," 15 June 2020 And yet, lengthy run-times are a luxury afforded only to a select group of filmmakers. Anne Cohen,, "You Can Watch Three Of These Movies In The Time It Takes To View The Irishman," 12 June 2020 Some storied luxury brands that have typically held out on e-commerce are rethinking their strategies, too. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Chinese shoppers are giving luxury brands some hope," 11 June 2020 Playing in probably the most talent-rich conference in the state, the Metropolitan (MIC), McCulley hasn’t exactly had the luxury of sitting back in the pocket behind Lawrence North’s line. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football gets commitment from 2021 Lawrence North QB Donaven McCulley," 11 June 2020

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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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The first known use of luxury was in the 14th century

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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Luxury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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