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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Recent Examples on the Web

On the waterfront of New Zealand’s largest city, a Chinese developer is building a five-star luxury hotel aimed at wealthy tourists. Tracy Withers,, "New Zealand Goes Cool on Migrants Just When It Needs Them Most," 27 May 2018 The price of the PF0 might be up there in the multi-millions, with the likes of the Pagani Huayra Roadster, but the eventual plan is for a range of all-electric cars, including luxury SUVs. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Pininfarina's Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar," 14 July 2018 Only 12 entertainers have the luxury of being called EGOTs — Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks, Helen Hayes, John Gielgud, Mike Nichols, Richard Rodgers, Jonathan Tunick, Scott Rudin and Robert Lopez. Mesfin Fekadu,, "An Emmy from being an EGOT: John Legend, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul nearby," 12 July 2018 Wildebeests on the Serengeti do not have the luxury of hiding their young like forest-dwelling deer—out in the sunshine and short grass, the big bovids and their offspring are constantly exposed. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle," 11 July 2018 This is notable because Qatar has been snapping up luxury properties in the West over the past decade in hopes to diversify beyond gas and oil exports. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Qatar Just Bought an Iconic Piece of Manhattan Real Estate for $600 Million," 5 July 2018 He’s methodically taken extra steps to fix his footwork and delivery, but won’t have the luxury of playing behind an offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award last season. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Best- and worst-case scenarios for Notre Dame football in 2018," 2 July 2018 Or anyone who desires the smell of the luxury of a washer and dryer. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "The Perfect Candle for Washing-Machine-less Laundry Lovers," 29 June 2018 Black women and femmes are rarely afforded the luxury of having that message directed toward us, of being centered in that story. Cameron Glover, Allure, "On Janelle Monáe and the Power of Representation for Queer Black Girls," 21 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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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 , 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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