noun, plural lux·u·ries.
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|Daniel Gross|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
These are just playtime politics, luxuries for the leisure class.Julian Assange Loves Rand Paul and His ‘Very Principled Positions’|Michael Tomasky|August 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“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|Matt Pottinger|May 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When you are out of poverty, but still not really enjoying luxuries, we take 15% of your money.
On Pretty Ugly People, we made up for the luxuries of a big-budget production with creating a summer-camp atmosphere.
Luxuries intended for British officers found their way to rebel tables.The Mother of Washington and Her Times|Sara Agnes Rice Pryor
There were also a piano and some European luxuries strangely mingled with barbarous inventions.A Journey to Katmandu|Laurence Oliphant
The Christian stood aloof from the banquets and luxuries which undermined the virtues on which the strength of man is based.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV|John Lord
Those last days of the campaign were, indeed, luxuries to Kittrell and to Edith, days of work and fun and excitement.Americans All|Various
He cannot, by his energy, set aside the sentence of death, although he may produce the comforts and luxuries of life.Notes on the Book of Genesis|Charles Henry Mackintosh
noun plural -ries
Word Origin 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.
see lap of luxury.