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

Other Words from luxury

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.
Recent Examples on the Web There’s a luxury tax, but a determined franchise will splurge. Jason Gay, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 San Diego began the season with a luxury-tax payroll of $229.3 million, just below the first threshold, and the trades push the Padres into tax territory for the second straight season. Bernie Wilson And Stephen Whyno, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Aug. 2022 Payment received by each of the 23 teams, including the Heat, that remained below last season’s luxury-tax, the figure a percentage of the overage of the seven teams that operated above the tax. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 30 July 2022 Jobs are plentiful, giving them the luxury of many choices and employers. Kathleen Duffy, Forbes, 15 June 2022 But if the Heat re-sign Udonis Haslem there will not be a roster spot or space under the luxury tax for Markieff Morris. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 23 July 2022 The Suns last went over the luxury tax threshold in 2009-10. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2022 Teams are fined for spending over the luxury tax threshold that was $136.6 million. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 The Los Angeles Dodgers’ top pick was dropped 10 spots to 40th for exceeding a luxury tax threshold, and the Mets got an extra first-round pick (No. 11) for failing to sign Rocker. Ronald Blum, BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'luxury.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About luxury

Time Traveler for luxury

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near luxury

luxurious

luxury

luxury box

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for luxury

Last Updated

9 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Luxury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/luxury. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for luxury

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.

More from Merriam-Webster on luxury

Nglish: Translation of luxury for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of luxury for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!