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luxury

[luhk-shuh-ree, luhg-zhuh-]
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noun, plural lux·u·ries.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. a means of ministering to such indulgence or enjoyment: This travel plan gives you the luxury of choosing which countries you can visit.
  4. a pleasure out of the ordinary allowed to oneself: the luxury of an extra piece of the cake.
  5. a foolish or worthless form of self-indulgence: the luxury of self-pity.
  6. Archaic. lust; lasciviousness; lechery.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or affording luxury: a luxury hotel.
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Origin of luxury

1300–50; Middle English luxurie < Latin luxuria rankness, luxuriance, equivalent to luxur- (combining form of luxus extravagance) + -ia -y3
Related formssem·i·lux·u·ry, noun, plural sem·i·lux·u·ries.su·per·lux·u·ry, noun, adjective
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  • And jest when I was lookin' forward to luxury and palaces in England, and everything so grand!

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He was trying to fit his own ideas of luxury to a garden hose and a city street.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • I often said, 'It does not really belong to us, and we are living in luxury from the property of another.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • And as for cold and nakedness, they are evils introduced by luxury and custom.

  • It was a luxury so penetrating and powerful that it affected him like an opiate.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler


British Dictionary definitions for luxury

luxury

noun plural -ries
  1. indulgence in and enjoyment of rich, comfortable, and sumptuous living
  2. (sometimes plural) something that is considered an indulgence rather than a necessity
  3. something pleasant and satisfyingthe luxury of independence
  4. (modifier) relating to, indicating, or supplying luxurya luxury liner
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Word Origin

C14 (in the sense: lechery): via Old French from Latin luxuria excess, from luxus extravagance
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Word Origin and History for luxury

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with luxury

luxury

see lap of luxury.

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