Definition of luxury in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlʌkʃ(ə)ri/

noun (plural luxuries)

[mass noun]
1A state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense: 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, richness, costliness, grandeur, grandness, splendour, magnificence, lavishness, lap of luxury, bed of roses, milk and honey;
comfort, security;
affluence, wealth, prosperity, prosperousness, plenty
informal the life of Riley
1.1 [count noun] An inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain: luxuries like chocolate, scent, and fizzy wine
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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, treat, extra, non-essential, frill;
1.2 [in singular] A pleasure obtained only rarely: they actually had the luxury of a whole day together
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  • Her mother was chopping meat, which they rarely had the luxury of having, and putting it into a wooden bowl.
  • He can afford himself the luxury of indulging fantasies about the future.
  • I did however treat myself to the luxury of some powdered milk and it has revolutionised my evening cup of tea.
joy, delight, bliss, blessing, benefit, advantage, boon;
satisfaction, comfort, ease


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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