Definition of luxury noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlʌkʃəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlʌkʃəri//
    (pl. luxuries)
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  1. 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. 2[countable] a thing that is expensive and enjoyable but not essential synonym 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. 3[uncountable, singular] a pleasure or an advantage that you do not often have synonym indulgence We had the luxury of being able to choose from four good candidates for the job.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting lechery): from Old French luxurie, luxure, from Latin luxuria, from luxus ‘excess’. The earliest current sense dates from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples 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.Idioms in easy, comfortable conditions, and enjoying the advantages of being rich We spent two weeks in the hotel living in the lap of luxury.
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