[ 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.

  1. a means of ministering to such indulgence or enjoyment: This travel plan gives you the luxury of choosing which countries you can visit.

  2. a pleasure out of the ordinary allowed to oneself: the luxury of an extra piece of the cake.

  3. a foolish or worthless form of self-indulgence: the luxury of self-pity.

  4. Archaic. lust; lasciviousness; lechery.

  1. of, relating to, or affording luxury: a luxury hotel.

Origin of luxury

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English luxurie, from Latin luxuria “rankness, luxuriance,” equivalent to luxur- (combining form of luxus “extravagance”) + -ia noun suffix; see -y3

Other words from luxury

  • sem·i·lux·u·ry, noun, plural sem·i·lux·u·ries.
  • su·per·lux·u·ry, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use luxury in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for luxury


/ (ˈlʌkʃərɪ) /

nounplural -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

  1. something pleasant and satisfying: the luxury of independence

  2. (modifier) relating to, indicating, or supplying luxury: a luxury liner

Origin of luxury

C14 (in the sense: lechery): via Old French from Latin luxuria excess, from luxus extravagance

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Other Idioms and Phrases with luxury


see lap of luxury.

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