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Definition of luxury noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈlʌɡʒəri//
    (pl. luxuries)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the enjoyment of special and expensive things, particularly food and drinks, 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. Idioms
    in the lap of luxury
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    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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