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[luhg-zhoo r-ee-uh s, luhk-shoo r-] /lʌgˈʒʊər i əs, lʌkˈʃʊər-/
characterized by luxury; ministering or conducive to luxury:
a luxurious hotel.
given to or loving luxury; wanting or requiring what is choice, expensive, or the like:
a person with luxurious tastes.
given to pleasure, especially of the senses; voluptuous.
present or occurring in great abundance, rich profusion, etc.; opulent:
a luxurious harvest; music of luxurious beauty.
excessively ornate; overelaborate:
luxurious prose.
Origin of luxurious
First recorded in 1300-50; Middle English word from Latin word luxuriōsus. See luxury, -ous
Related forms
luxuriously, adverb
luxuriousness, noun
overluxurious, adjective
overluxuriously, adverb
overluxuriousness, noun
preluxurious, adjective
preluxuriously, adverb
preluxuriousness, noun
quasi-luxurious, adjective
quasi-luxuriously, adverb
superluxurious, adjective
superluxuriously, adverb
superluxuriousness, noun
unluxurious, adjective
unluxuriously, adverb
Can be confused
luxuriant, luxurious.
1. rich, sumptuous. 2. epicurean. 3. sensual, self-indulgent.
1. squalid. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for luxuriously
Historical Examples
  • It might have been their own luxuriously appointed rooms at Mineola.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • He was deliciously refreshed, luxuriously drowsy and luxuriously warm.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • She put her hand through his arm and leaned heavily and luxuriously.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • I might tell the royal commissary to furnish these rooms as luxuriously as I pleased.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • Blake disappeared with her into the luxuriously furnished car.

    Out of the Depths

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  • The house was luxuriously furnished, it only lacked a mistress.

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  • It was clear that she had been having a luxuriously miserable time.

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  • The apartment was luxuriously furnished and filled with roses.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Yes, it suited me exactly; but what was to become of others if I were covered so luxuriously?

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • He invited me to share his quarters, which were large and luxuriously furnished.

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British Dictionary definitions for luxuriously


characterized by luxury
enjoying or devoted to luxury
an archaic word for lecherous
Derived Forms
luxuriously, adverb
luxuriousness, noun
Usage note
Luxurious is sometimes wrongly used where luxuriant is meant: he had a luxuriant (not luxurious) moustache; the walls were covered with a luxuriant growth of wisteria
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin luxuriōsus excessive
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Word Origin and History for luxuriously



c.1300, "lascivious, lecherous, unchaste," from Old French luxurios "lustful, lascivious" (Modern French luxurieux), from Latin luxuriosus, from luxuria (see luxury). Meaning "given to luxury, voluptuous" (of persons) is from c.1600. Of things, meaning "characterized by luxury" is attested from c.1650. Related: Luxuriously; luxuriousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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