luxury

noun

plural luxuries
1
: a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort : sumptuous environment
lived in luxury
2
a
: 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
luxury adjective

Example Sentences

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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Word History

Etymology

Middle English luxurie, from Anglo-French luxorie, from Latin luxuria rankness, luxury, excess; akin to Latin luxus luxury, excess

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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

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Cite this Entry

“Luxury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/luxury. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

luxury

noun

lux·​u·​ry ˈləksh-(ə-)rē How to pronounce luxury (audio) ˈləgzh- How to pronounce luxury (audio)
plural luxuries
1
a
: free use or possession of costly food, dress, or anything that pleases a person
b
: great ease or comfort : rich surroundings
live in luxury
2
a
: something desirable but costly or hard to get
b
: something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary
luxury adjective

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