noun, plural lux·u·ries.
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|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Teeman|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ben Jacobs|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She flew first class, stayed in a luxury penthouse suite and was given money for shopping along with her pay.
The flashy businessman who sold her implants, meanwhile, lived a life of luxury.
While the pioneers at the Old Port were on the verge of starvation, the 'Clonmel' men were living in luxury.The Book of the Bush|George Dunderdale
Their insolence, luxury, degeneracy had gone to great lengths.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. III. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
If we load it with the oil of luxury, it will give an additional vigor, but in the end, clog and impede the motion.An History of Birmingham (1783)|William Hutton
Beside him, swung the huge machine which represented a life of power and luxury; but he no longer saw it.Initials Only|Anna Katharine Green
They have added new charms to pleasure, and enriched their luxury by inventions.Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. II of II)|Charles Bucke
British Dictionary definitions for luxury
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for luxury
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.