- 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 luxury
For a while yoga and pilates classes were sought out at luxury gyms like Equinox.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
And that luxury may be a quirk of America, or at least white America.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
December 21, 2014
He was 23 when they met, she 17, and both working at a luxury services company, Quintessentially.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
White people and nonblack people of color have the luxury of treating these cases as injustices.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
Instead the money allegedly was spent on luxury cars and a yacht club membership, among other things.Obama’s Golf Buddy May Be a ‘Hostile Witness’ in Chicago Corruption Case
December 3, 2014
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.K
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
And as for cold and nakedness, they are evils introduced by luxury and custom.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
It was a luxury so penetrating and powerful that it affected him like an opiate.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- 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 luxury
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 luxury
see lap of luxury.