- a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity: Gold cufflinks were a luxury not allowed for in his budget.
- free or habitual indulgence in or enjoyment of comforts and pleasures in addition to those necessary for a reasonable standard of well-being: a life of luxury on the French Riviera.
- a means of ministering to such indulgence or enjoyment: This travel plan gives you the luxury of choosing which countries you can visit.
- a pleasure out of the ordinary allowed to oneself: the luxury of an extra piece of the cake.
- a foolish or worthless form of self-indulgence: the luxury of self-pity.
- Archaic. lust; lasciviousness; lechery.
- of, relating to, or affording luxury: a luxury hotel.
Origin of luxury
Examples from the Web for luxuries
For people who like luxuries but may be strapped, having dedicated funds to support an expensive coffee habit can be very useful.Buying a Gift Card Is Really Making a Free Loan to Big Business
December 11, 2013
These are just playtime politics, luxuries for the leisure class.Julian Assange Loves Rand Paul and His ‘Very Principled Positions’
August 19, 2013
“The price we pay for the liberties and luxuries we enjoy in this country is eternal vigilance,” he wrote.Marine First Lieutenant Nathan Krissoff’s Last Letters Home From Iraq
May 26, 2013
When you are out of poverty, but still not really enjoying luxuries, we take 15% of your money.Here's One Version of a Pro-Family Tax Policy
February 19, 2013
On Pretty Ugly People, we made up for the luxuries of a big-budget production with creating a summer-camp atmosphere.How We Made 'The Help'
August 13, 2011
They can affect the manners and enjoy the luxuries of people of distinction.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
I liked to peep into the cabins they had—get on to all the luxuries there.The Harbor
Still the comforts, and even the luxuries of life distinguished our habitation.Beaux and Belles of England
What our ancestors considered as luxuries we now regard as necessities.The Sexual Question
God and Solitude are luxuries which only a few among us nowadays can afford.The Book of Khalid
- indulgence in and enjoyment of rich, comfortable, and sumptuous living
- (sometimes plural) something that is considered an indulgence rather than a necessity
- something pleasant and satisfyingthe luxury of independence
- (modifier) relating to, indicating, or supplying luxurya luxury liner
Word Origin and History for luxuries
c.1300, "sexual intercourse;" mid-14c., "lasciviousness, sinful self-indulgence," from Old French luxurie "debauchery, dissoluteness, lust" (Modern French luxure), from Latin luxuria "excess, luxury, extravagance, profusion; delicacy" (cf. Spanish lujuria, Italian lussuria), from luxus "excess, extravagance, magnificence," probably a figurative use of luxus (adj.) "dislocated," which is related to luctari "wrestle, strain" (see reluctance).
Meaning "sensual pleasure" is late 14c. Lost its pejorative taint 17c. Meaning "habit of indulgence in what is choice or costly" is from 1630s; that of "sumptuous surroundings" is from 1704; that of "something enjoyable or comfortable beyond life's necessities" is from 1780. Used as an adjective from 1916.
Idioms and Phrases with luxuries
see lap of luxury.