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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Other options mooted have included setting up tent cities in the nearby desert, which would offer an economical sense of adventure, if not ultimate luxury. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Qatar is the World Cup every fan should attend," 13 July 2018 Even as Tesla works around the clock to bring the Model 3 entry-luxury sedan up to mass-market production, the company is laying out rose pedals for its next car. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Tesla Model Y," 11 July 2018 Reporters who might have to travel briefly to a city to report on a story, then leave again once the story is filed, don’t have the same sort of luxury. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Journalism has a trust problem. The podcast In the Dark proposes a compelling solution.," 7 July 2018 Watchmakers figured out that the best, or perhaps only, way to sustain their mechanical watch business was to sell those wares as luxuries. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Wired headphones are becoming the mechanical watches of personal audio," 7 July 2018 The 64-year-old former Mexico City mayor promises to bring his humble lifestyle and distaste for luxury to the top of a political establishment famous for self-enrichment. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins Mexican presidential race," 2 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Prices begin at $64,750 (plus $1,295 freight) for the two-wheel-drive model, providing luxury-minded buyers a well-equipped family hauler that makes no compromises on performance or safety. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 Buick's Brook characterizes the vehicles as affordable luxury. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "The GM brand that nearly died and the unlikely buyers saving it," 27 June 2018 But with the Bucks nearing the luxury tax threshold, the Bulls are expected to make an offer in the range of two years and $40 million that could prove painful to match. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls working to sign restricted free agent Jabari Parker to offer sheet," 14 July 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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