Definition of luxury in US English:

luxury

nounPlural luxuries

  • 1The state of great comfort and extravagant living.

    ‘he lived a life of luxury’
    • ‘Why would you abandon this comfort and luxury to perform on the Fringe?’
    • ‘He knew passengers desired luxury and comfort when travelling even short distances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You have stepped into sheer luxury with spacious and comfortable accommodations.’
    • ‘While luxury gives us comfort, we should realize that this is not sustainable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were large exotic trees and open spaces around the few houses, each competing with the other, in design, elegance and luxury.’
    • ‘I know that I won't have all the comforts and luxury in Israel but I don't care for that.’
    • ‘The atmosphere throughout is one of understated elegance and the highest standards of comfort and luxury.’
    • ‘By 2000, Pringle had reinvented the twinset again as a sleek, modern garment, a symbol of comfort and luxury.’
    • ‘There is a lot of emphasis on comfort and luxury with the new car.’
    • ‘This seems a small price for a swindler to pay for enjoying a life of luxury at the expense of the small business community.’
    • ‘For a start it seats 14 more than the previous plane, and offers a better level of comfort and luxury.’
    • ‘A brief survey of the royal apartment leaves nothing to the imagination for royal 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.’
    • ‘It enabled her to keep her family in comfort and enough luxury to feel a part of the American dream.’
    • ‘I opened the door and went in, still struck by the sheer comfort and luxury of the room.’
    • ‘After all, Yitro enjoyed a high position in Midyan and was living in comfort and luxury.’
    • ‘Discover a world of comfort and luxury, traveling in the company of women with Olivia.’
    opulence, luxuriousness, sumptuousness, richness, costliness, grandeur, grandness, splendour, magnificence, lavishness, lap of luxury, bed of roses, milk and honey
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    1. 1.1 An inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain.
      ‘luxuries like raspberry vinegar and state-of-the-art CD players’
      ‘he considers bananas a luxury’
      • ‘In fact, the only thing he did act upon was his increasingly voracious appetite for sex, food and expensive luxuries.’
      • ‘In the Sahara, cars, electric showers, water and even toilets are absolute luxuries!’
      • ‘It wasn't that long ago that cigarette lighters or radios were automotive luxuries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Victoria felt even more guilty as she eyed up the luxuries dotted around the room.’
      • ‘Branch networks are moribund expensive luxuries, yet customers like branches.’
      • ‘My greatest luxuries were miniature pots of Marmite and packet soups from the canteen.’
      • ‘Unattainable luxuries were transformed into desirable marks of status or even into affordable necessities.’
      • ‘It's easy to forget that luxuries such as fitted carpets and central heating are comparatively recent.’
      • ‘Lottery money has to be sought, not for luxuries or extravagances, but to maintain parks and public areas.’
      • ‘With indulgence in luxuries out of the question, he recommended reading, gardening and amateur theatricals.’
      • ‘As the gifts and luxuries stack up, is everything as it appears or do dangerous times lie in wait for her?’
      • ‘Local taxes and surcharges on luxuries like theatre tickets were also reintroduced as a means of subsidizing hospitals.’
      • ‘At the end of a busy day, they go home to such luxuries as double jacuzzi baths.’
      • ‘Tens of thousands of pensioners are prisoners in their homes, with none of the luxuries Huntley and Bieber receive.’
      • ‘A washing machine and a refrigerator were luxuries which made the life of the housewife much easier.’
      • ‘Some of their own professors in the past might have seen such virtues as expensive luxuries.’
      • ‘Some special editions featured such luxuries as mats and a CD player.’
      • ‘It was a sitting room, with huge windows and thick carpet and couches and the usual luxuries.’
      indulgence, extravagance, self-indulgence, treat, extra, non-essential, frill
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adjective

  • Luxurious or of the nature of a luxury.

    ‘a luxury yacht’
    ‘luxury goods’
    • ‘Explore nature up close and in style aboard luxury yachts, small ships and wilderness lodges.’
    • ‘The Tourism authorities should also stop the promotion of luxury hotels, the travel writer feels.’
    • ‘On the whole, Americans don't do luxury ski hotels as well as the Europeans.’
    • ‘Get rid of those London-based middle managers who splash the licence fee on ludicrous motivational courses at luxury hotels.’
    • ‘His world is one of luxury yachts, private jets, pet tigers and plastic surgeons.’
    • ‘Health and fitness is big and the luxury hotels cater to this trend.’
    • ‘The Sheraton Perdana is the nearest luxury hotel to the yacht club.’
    • ‘Because of the luxury hotels and high prices, the region is expecting that most visits will be from foreign tourists.’
    • ‘He has opened a luxury spa hotel in Seaham to cater to the local rich.’
    • ‘Based in West Cork since 1973, his expertise lies in luxury yacht design.’
    • ‘The imposition of luxury tax on five-star hotels by State Governments also does not help the tourist.’
    • ‘This hotel is P&O's luxury cruise liner Aurora, the largest passenger ship currently flying the Red Ensign.’
    • ‘Anyone interested in a presidential yacht, luxury cars, presidential houses and rest houses by the beach?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 new project follows two plans which were scrapped - one for a £7m hotel and one for luxury apartments.’
    • ‘Although some hotels and luxury food stores compete to serve the first grouse of the season, many of the birds go to overseas markets.’
    • ‘Boarding the luxury yacht was strange - walk along a gangway, but then pull yourself up on a rope that enabled you to clamber aboard.’
    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.

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