lux·ury [luxury luxuries] BrE [ˈlʌkʃəri]
NAmE [ˈlʌkʃəri]
noun (pl. lux·uries)
1. uncountable the enjoyment of special and expensive things, particularly food and drink, clothes and surroundings
Now we'll be able to live in luxury for the rest of our lives.
to lead a life of luxury
a luxury hotel
luxury goods
2. countable a thing that is expensive and enjoyable but not essential
Syn: extravagance
small luxuries like chocolate and flowers
I love having a long, hot bath— it's one of life's little luxuries.
It was a luxury if you had a washing machine in those days.
A comfortable bed to sleep in is a luxury that we take for granted.
3. uncountable, singular a pleasure or an advantage that you do not often have
Syn: indulgence
We had the luxury of being able to choose from four good candidates for the job.
see in the lap of luxury at lap n.
Word Origin:
Middle English (denoting lechery): from Old French luxurie, luxure, from Latin luxuria, from luxus ‘excess’. The earliest current sense dates from the mid 17th cent.
luxury noun U
She lived a life of luxury.
especially written grandeur|BrE splendour|AmE splendor
Opp: poverty, Opp: squalor
sheer luxury/grandeur/splendour
enjoy the luxury/grandeur/splendour of sth
Example Bank:
He had the luxury of spending time at his family's summer home.
He missed the simple luxuries of life, like regular meals.
He wasn't dead, but living a life of luxury in Australia.
It was sheer luxury to step into a hot bath.
She's had every luxury in life.
Silk sheets added the final touch of luxury.
The resort offers luxury on a grand scale.
We can't afford luxuries.
We can't afford such luxury.
We enjoyed the luxury of an expensive bottle of wine.
We lived in relative luxury.
You're certainly living in the lap of luxury!
brought up in luxury
one of life's little luxuries
people who can afford to buy luxury brands
the ultimate luxury of a sauna in your own home
He was used to living a life of luxury.
Now we'll be able to live in luxury for the rest of our lives.
They stock a wide range of luxury goods.
You've just won three weeks in a luxury hotel.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity
Syn: lavishness, sumptuosity, sumptuousness
3. wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living
Syn: luxuriousness, opulence, sumptuousness

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.A free indulgence in costly food, dress, furniture, or anything expensive which gratifies the appetites or tastes.
Riches expose a man to pride and luxury.
2.Anything which pleases the senses, is not necessary for life, and is also costly, or difficult to obtain; an expensive rarity; as, silks, jewels, and rare fruits are luxuries; in some countries ice is a great luxury. Contrasted to necessity.
He cut the side of a rock for a garden, and, by laying on it earth, furnished out a kind of luxury for a hermit.
3.Lechery; lust.
Luxury is in wine and drunkenness.
4.Luxuriance; exuberance.

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