Definition of luxury in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈləkSH(ə)rē/
Pronunciation: /ˈləɡZH(ə)rē/

noun (plural luxuries)

1The state of great comfort and extravagant living: he lived a life of luxury
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  • The atmosphere throughout is one of understated elegance and the highest standards of comfort and luxury.
  • For a start it seats 14 more than the previous plane, and offers a better level of comfort and luxury.
  • It enabled her to keep her family in comfort and enough luxury to feel a part of the American dream.
opulence, luxuriousness, sumptuousness, grandeur, magnificence, splendor, lavishness, the lap of luxury, a bed of roses, (the land of) milk and honey
informal the life of Riley
1.1An inessential, desirable item that is expensive or difficult to obtain: luxuries like raspberry vinegar and state-of-the-art CD players he considers bananas a luxury
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  • Some special editions featured such luxuries as mats and a CD player.
  • She put televisions and kettles in every cell, not as luxuries but because she considered them to be basics of life.
  • Branch networks are moribund expensive luxuries, yet customers like branches.
indulgence, extravagance, self-indulgence, nonessential, treat, extra, frill


Luxurious or of the nature of a luxury: a luxury yacht luxury goods
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  • The Sheraton Perdana is the nearest luxury hotel to the yacht club.
  • I do not believe that the real life of this nation is to be found in the great luxury hotels or so-called fashionable suburbs.
  • Explore nature up close and in style aboard luxury yachts, small ships and wilderness lodges.


Middle English (denoting lechery): from Old French luxurie, luxure, from Latin luxuria, from luxus 'excess'. The earliest current sense dates from the mid 17th century.

  • From the Middle Ages to the early 19th century luxury was ‘lust, lasciviousness’—the Latin source luxuria also implied indulgence as a vice— although the modern English sense ‘great comfort or elegance’ has also appeared in the mid 17th century.

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Syllabification: lux·u·ry

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