noun (plural luxuries)[mass noun]
- 1A state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense: he lived a life of luxuryMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [count noun] An inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain: luxuries like chocolate, scent, and fizzy wineMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [in singular] A pleasure obtained only rarely: they actually had the luxury of a whole day togetherMore example sentences
joy, delight, bliss, blessing, benefit, advantage, boon; satisfaction, comfort, ease
- 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.
adjective[attributive] Back to top
- Luxurious or of the nature of a luxury: a luxury yacht luxury goodsMore example sentences
- 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.