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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But proposed green belt-tightening among hoi polloi was not matched by a cutback in second and third homes, overseas vacations, luxury cars, private jets and high-tech appurtenances. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Why are Western middle classes revolting against the elites?," 13 June 2019 But proposed green belt-tightening among hoi polloi was not matched by a cutback in their second and third homes, overseas vacations, luxury cars, private jets, and high-tech appurtenances. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry?," 13 June 2019 The vehicle became the bestselling US luxury car, which spurred the first back-to-back profitable quarters in the company's history. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Elon Musk will face Tesla's shareholders," 11 June 2019 Prices for Rolls-Royce and other luxury car prices have plunged. Editors, USA TODAY, "'An explosion like this' echoes 9/11," 10 June 2019 The collection also includes a sleeping car, a freight car used by NASA that carried helium and a passenger luxury car. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Railroading Heritage Museum at Tomball seeks help raising funds for construction," 7 June 2019 The details vary, but the plot does not: one family member surprises another with the Christmas gift of a luxury car, often adorned with a cartoonishly large bow. The Economist, "Advertising may make people miserable, but it still has its uses," 6 June 2019 Other proposals for the Hungerford property have fallen through, too, including a plan for a luxury car dealership, hotel and conference center that the town narrowly rejected in 2014 just before the developer was indicted on embezzlement charges. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange school board will seek new buyer for historic Eatonville school site," 5 June 2019 Drinking expensive alcohol out of a luxury car is old news, but the way this box operates is unlike anything else. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Just Watch How This Rolls-Royce Champagne Case Cracks Open," 22 May 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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