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.
- sem·i·lux·u·ry, noun, plural sem·i·lux·u·ries.
- su·per·lux·u·ry, noun, adjective
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How to use luxury in a sentence
It represented everything about the kind of comfort and the little luxuries in life that a good glass of Scotch can afford us.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan | | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Victorian-Romanesque hotel, Mansion on Forsyth Park, equipped with modern luxuries, offers the best of both worlds.Who Knew Savannah Was The South’s Secret Urban Oasis? | Jane Frye | May 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet, aside from the Porsche and a developing taste for cocaine, he indulged in few luxuries.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon | Robert Sam Anson | March 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
New and feverish desires for luxuries replace each older want as satisfied.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
A crust of bread and clear air are far preferable to luxuries enveloped in clouds of smoke and heaps of filth.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
It is a known fact that the third class traffic pays for the ever-increasing luxuries of first and second class travelling.Third class in Indian railways | Mahatma Gandhi
However, I had no money to indulge in such luxuries, so on leaving Cambridge I looked to journalism for a living.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
The Americans are in no small part responsible for these high prices and foolish luxuries.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
British Dictionary definitions for luxury
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 satisfying: the luxury of independence
(modifier) relating to, indicating, or supplying luxury: a luxury liner
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Other Idioms and Phrases with luxury
see lap of luxury.
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