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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Recent Examples on the Web Emperia have teamed up with British luxury retail institution Harrods to create a striking virtual space, launching the unique collection of Dom Pérignon vintage champagnes in collaboration with Lady Gaga. Angela Lei, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The 1970 Portland Plaza residential tower kickstarted the idea of living in a luxury high-rise downtown. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2021 This luxury four-bedroom villa showcases the beauty of the region. Kristen Shirley, Travel + Leisure, 4 Oct. 2021 Its replacement is a new generation of superbusiness minisuites, more spacious than regular business class, and with a privacy door to create your own space, but without the over-the-top luxury of first class. John Walton, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 To connect with a luxury real estate expert, visit Dallas News, 3 Oct. 2021 French cruise ship operator Ponant is preparing for the launch of what the company touts is the industry's first luxury electric hybrid cruise ship. Rachel King, Fortune, 2 Oct. 2021 If no higher bids are approved, the property will be sold for $120 million and turned over to billionaire real estate developer Hussain Sajwani by spring 2022 for the construction of a new luxury high-rise. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 2 Oct. 2021 Clad in designer coats and accustomed to a life of luxury, María’s situation, and in turn that of her daughter, has devolved into a precarious ordeal on the verge of eviction. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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