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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For a team stacked in such an odd way, a third scoring guard might be the kind of luxury best traded. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Why the Pairing of Russell Westbrook and James Harden Won’t Be a Simple Fit," 12 July 2019 That success led Cline to a life of luxury, radio network West Virginia MetroNews reported. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "Billionaire Chris Cline, the ‘King of Coal,’ among 7 killed in helicopter crash," 5 July 2019 That success led Cline to a life of luxury, radio network West Virginia MetroNews reported. Marisa Iati, Anchorage Daily News, "Billionaire Chris Cline, the ‘King of Coal,’ among 7 killed in Bahamas helicopter crash," 5 July 2019 But for Philipp and Rens, self-care by way of their version of fashion therapy is the ultimate form of luxury. Kristen Bateman, Teen Vogue, "Schueller de Waal Turned Their Couture Week Show Into A Street Cleanup in The Name Of Fashion Therapy," 3 July 2019 But attending a concert is becoming something of a luxury. NBC News, "From Taylor Swift to the NBA, watching live events online is the VIP way to see a show," 2 July 2019 This year, the Warriors do not have as much of a luxury to wait. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "NBA free agency: How will the Warriors fare with a young roster?," 2 July 2019 Since then the big box-retailer has introduced partnerships with designers like Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, Missoni, and most recently Vineyard Vines for a taste of luxury at a fraction of the price. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "How Will The RealReal's Labeling Mistakes Affect The Resale Business?," 30 June 2019 The home of luxury is Paris and the capital of outsourcing is Bangalore, in India. The Economist, "Can the City survive Brexit?," 27 June 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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