[luhk-shuh-ree, luhg-zhuh-] /ˈlʌk ʃə ri, ˈlʌg ʒə-/
noun, plural luxuries.
a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity:
Gold cufflinks were a luxury not allowed for in his budget.
free or habitual indulgence in or enjoyment of comforts and pleasures in addition to those necessary for a reasonable standard of well-being:
a life of luxury on the French Riviera.
a means of ministering to such indulgence or enjoyment:
This travel plan gives you the luxury of choosing which countries you can visit.
a pleasure out of the ordinary allowed to oneself:
the luxury of an extra piece of the cake.
a foolish or worthless form of self-indulgence:
the luxury of self-pity.
Archaic. lust; lasciviousness; lechery.
of, relating to, or affording luxury:
a luxury hotel.
noun (pl) -ries
indulgence in and enjoyment of rich, comfortable, and sumptuous living
(sometimes pl) something that is considered an indulgence rather than a necessity
something pleasant and satisfying: the luxury of independence
(modifier) relating to, indicating, or supplying luxury: a luxury liner
c.1300, “sexual intercourse;” mid-14c., “lasciviousness, sinful self-indulgence,” from Old French luxurie “debauchery, dissoluteness, lust” (Modern French luxure), from Latin luxuria “excess, luxury, extravagance, profusion; delicacy” (cf. Spanish lujuria, Italian lussuria), from luxus “excess, extravagance, magnificence,” probably a figurative use of luxus (adj.) “dislocated,” which is related to luctari “wrestle, strain” (see reluctance).
Meaning “sensual pleasure” is late 14c. Lost its pejorative taint 17c. Meaning “habit of indulgence in what is choice or costly” is from 1630s; that of “sumptuous surroundings” is from 1704; that of “something enjoyable or comfortable beyond life’s necessities” is from 1780. Used as an adjective from 1916.
see: lap of luxury
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