[luhk-shuh-ree, luhg-zhuh-]

noun, plural lux·u·ries.


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

Origin of luxury

1300–50; Middle English luxurie < Latin luxuria rankness, luxuriance, equivalent to luxur- (combining form of luxus extravagance) + -ia -y3
Related formssem·i·lux·u·ry, noun, plural sem·i·lux·u··per·lux·u·ry, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for luxury

Contemporary Examples of luxury

Historical Examples of luxury

  • 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.


    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

    Johanna Spyri

  • And as for cold and nakedness, they are evils introduced by luxury and custom.

  • It was a luxury so penetrating and powerful that it affected him like an opiate.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for luxury


noun plural -ries

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 for luxury

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with luxury


see lap of luxury.

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