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 Camp Cedar, Kings Island's new luxury resort and campsite, has delayed its opening until late June. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 8 June 2021 The luxury resort casts its spell not with South Beach-style flash, but by focusing on the pillars of old-school hospitality: a stunning location, superb service, and suites that feel more like your own beachfront condo than a hotel. John Vorwald, Robb Report, 5 June 2021 Nemacolin, the luxury resort located in the Pennsylvania wilderness, is already well-known for being an over-the-top fantasy destination. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 2 June 2021 The setting is again a luxury resort, where the guests turn up with their own fantasies. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 The Greg Norman Course at Rancho San Lucas is part of a spectacular 834-acre tract that includes the luxury Grand Solmar Resort & Spa, with a residential community of hacienda-style homes and high-rise residences overlooking the ocean. Dallas News, 19 May 2021 The sit-down dinner at the new luxury EHP Resort & Marina will feature an fine dining and one-of-a-kind culinary feast with tastings from Chef Scott Kampf of Union Sushi Steak. Shivani Vora, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Gone are the days when impeccable accommodations, five-star service and fun in the sun were enough to put a luxury resort such as Hodges Bay on the map. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, 15 May 2021 This month, Amangiri — a 600-acre, five-star luxury resort in Canyon Point, Utah — opened a 200-foot-long steel staircase as part of its via ferrata hiking systems. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Luxury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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