Definition of luxury in English:

luxury

noun

mass noun
  • 1A state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense.

    ‘he lived a life of luxury’
    • ‘I opened the door and went in, still struck by the sheer comfort and luxury of the room.’
    • ‘But when it comes to real luxury and real comfort the newer air mattresses of today have no peers.’
    • ‘Even when the setting is warm and inviting the appeal of stripping away comfort and luxury seems dubious.’
    • ‘There were large exotic trees and open spaces around the few houses, each competing with the other, in design, elegance and luxury.’
    • ‘The atmosphere throughout is one of understated elegance and the highest standards of comfort and luxury.’
    • ‘You have stepped into sheer luxury with spacious and comfortable accommodations.’
    • ‘By 2000, Pringle had reinvented the twinset again as a sleek, modern garment, a symbol of comfort and luxury.’
    • ‘Whilst a million British Catholics are turned down for the job, this man slipped from country to country and now lives in luxury at their expense.’
    • ‘After all, Yitro enjoyed a high position in Midyan and was living in comfort and luxury.’
    • ‘A brief survey of the royal apartment leaves nothing to the imagination for royal comfort and luxury.’
    • ‘He knew passengers desired luxury and comfort when travelling even short distances.’
    • ‘While luxury gives us comfort, we should realize that this is not sustainable.’
    • ‘There is a lot of emphasis on comfort and luxury with the new car.’
    • ‘For a start it seats 14 more than the previous plane, and offers a better level of comfort and luxury.’
    • ‘I know that I won't have all the comforts and luxury in Israel but I don't care for that.’
    • ‘This not only has the benefit of looking elegant but frees up space so that designers are able to offer more comfort and luxury to even the smallest of cars.’
    • ‘Discover a world of comfort and luxury, traveling in the company of women with Olivia.’
    • ‘Why would you abandon this comfort and luxury to perform on the Fringe?’
    • ‘This seems a small price for a swindler to pay for enjoying a life of luxury at the expense of the small business community.’
    • ‘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
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    1. 1.1count noun An inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain.
      ‘luxuries like chocolate, scent, and fizzy wine’
      • ‘With indulgence in luxuries out of the question, he recommended reading, gardening and amateur theatricals.’
      • ‘Victoria felt even more guilty as she eyed up the luxuries dotted around the room.’
      • ‘A washing machine and a refrigerator were luxuries which made the life of the housewife much easier.’
      • ‘In fact, the only thing he did act upon was his increasingly voracious appetite for sex, food and expensive luxuries.’
      • ‘Lottery money has to be sought, not for luxuries or extravagances, but to maintain parks and public areas.’
      • ‘It's easy to forget that luxuries such as fitted carpets and central heating are comparatively recent.’
      • ‘Unattainable luxuries were transformed into desirable marks of status or even into affordable necessities.’
      • ‘It wasn't that long ago that cigarette lighters or radios were automotive luxuries.’
      • ‘My greatest luxuries were miniature pots of Marmite and packet soups from the canteen.’
      • ‘Some of their own professors in the past might have seen such virtues as expensive luxuries.’
      • ‘Local taxes and surcharges on luxuries like theatre tickets were also reintroduced as a means of subsidizing hospitals.’
      • ‘She put televisions and kettles in every cell, not as luxuries but because she considered them to be basics of life.’
      • ‘It is a far cry from the touring luxuries of the bands they have supported.’
      • ‘Tens of thousands of pensioners are prisoners in their homes, with none of the luxuries Huntley and Bieber receive.’
      • ‘It was a sitting room, with huge windows and thick carpet and couches and the usual luxuries.’
      • ‘In the Sahara, cars, electric showers, water and even toilets are absolute luxuries!’
      • ‘Branch networks are moribund expensive luxuries, yet customers like branches.’
      • ‘Some special editions featured such luxuries as mats and a CD player.’
      • ‘As the gifts and luxuries stack up, is everything as it appears or do dangerous times lie in wait for her?’
      • ‘At the end of a busy day, they go home to such luxuries as double jacuzzi baths.’
      indulgence, extravagance, self-indulgence, treat, extra, non-essential, frill
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    2. 1.2in singular A pleasure obtained only rarely.
      ‘they actually had the luxury of a whole day together’
      • ‘I go downstairs to fix myself breakfast, and then decide to treat myself to the luxury of eating it in my room.’
      • ‘He can afford himself the luxury of indulging fantasies about the future.’
      • ‘Malton and Norton have the luxury of selecting from a full complement of players for their home clash against Bradford Salem.’
      • ‘Whereas Woods had the luxury of laying up at the 13 th and 15th holes, his pursuers did not have that option.’
      • ‘Perhaps it's also because I have the luxury of ordering my own days, rather than swimming in the daily tides of commuting.’
      • ‘Globalisation is a force that does not allow the luxury of saying, ‘Stop, I want to get off’.’
      • ‘Since his films were made for next to nothing, he couldn't afford the luxury of paying for film extras.’
      • ‘I'm writing essays and indulging in the luxury of reading books not written by me.’
      • ‘When push came to shove, Hawk Wing, not allowed the luxury of having strong pace-setters, was left with too much to do.’
      • ‘Rarely do you have the luxury of going into a movie that you know a lot of people want to see.’
      • ‘In siege mentality I sought haven in the luxury of a massage.’
      • ‘The freelancers, however, often don't have the luxury of saying no.’
      • ‘In the global era, we cannot afford the luxury of seeing our two great cities knocking spots off each other rather than joining resources.’
      • ‘He did not have the luxury of slow-motion replays to examine at his leisure, but was faced with having to make an instant decision.’
      • ‘While the first film had a certain low-budget charm, with its tight cast and steep action curve, it had the luxury of being the first of its kind.’
      • ‘I've allowed myself the luxury of a day of pure undiluted self-indulgence today.’
      • ‘I did however treat myself to the luxury of some powdered milk and it has revolutionised my evening cup of tea.’
      • ‘With a 15-year-old to look after and a demanding job, I can't afford the luxury of slowing down.’
      • ‘You haven't got the luxury of getting emotionally involved.’
      • ‘Her mother was chopping meat, which they rarely had the luxury of having, and putting it into a wooden bowl.’
      joy, delight, bliss, blessing, benefit, advantage, boon
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adjective

  • attributive Luxurious or of the nature of a luxury.

    ‘a luxury yacht’
    ‘luxury goods’
    • ‘Indeed most of the large new hotels are being built to US fire and safety codes so that they can eventually be sold to worldwide luxury hotel chains.’
    • ‘The Japanese are alleged to have held a three-day orgy at the luxury hotel under the guise of a company celebration.’
    • ‘Its 25 km long peninsula is lined with luxury hotels and we stayed in one of the newest five-star resorts.’
    • ‘He has opened a luxury spa hotel in Seaham to cater to the local rich.’
    • ‘The new project follows two plans which were scrapped - one for a £7m hotel and one for luxury apartments.’
    • ‘Anyone interested in a presidential yacht, luxury cars, presidential houses and rest houses by the beach?’
    • ‘Health and fitness is big and the luxury hotels cater to this trend.’
    • ‘Because of the luxury hotels and high prices, the region is expecting that most visits will be from foreign tourists.’
    • ‘The Tourism authorities should also stop the promotion of luxury hotels, the travel writer feels.’
    • ‘Boarding the luxury yacht was strange - walk along a gangway, but then pull yourself up on a rope that enabled you to clamber aboard.’
    • ‘Although some hotels and luxury food stores compete to serve the first grouse of the season, many of the birds go to overseas markets.’
    • ‘Get rid of those London-based middle managers who splash the licence fee on ludicrous motivational courses at luxury hotels.’
    • ‘The imposition of luxury tax on five-star hotels by State Governments also does not help the tourist.’
    • ‘On the whole, Americans don't do luxury ski hotels as well as the Europeans.’
    • ‘This hotel is P&O's luxury cruise liner Aurora, the largest passenger ship currently flying the Red Ensign.’
    • ‘Explore nature up close and in style aboard luxury yachts, small ships and wilderness lodges.’
    • ‘His world is one of luxury yachts, private jets, pet tigers and plastic surgeons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Sheraton Perdana is the nearest luxury hotel to the yacht club.’
    • ‘Based in West Cork since 1973, his expertise lies in luxury yacht design.’
    smart, stylish, upmarket, fancy, high-class, fashionable, chic, luxurious, luxury, deluxe, exclusive, select, sumptuous, opulent, lavish, grand, rich, elegant, ornate, ostentatious, showy
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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 century.

Pronunciation

luxury

/ˈlʌkʃ(ə)ri/