- indulgence in and enjoyment of rich, comfortable, and sumptuous living
- (sometimes plural) 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
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- a material object, service, etc., that brings physical comfort or rich living, but is not a necessity of life:[countable]swimming pool, tennis court, and other luxuries.
- indulgence in the comforts and pleasures provided by such things:[uncountable]a taste for luxury.
- a means of using such pleasure or comfort:[countable; usually singular;usually: the + ~ + of]This travel plan gives you the luxury of choosing which countries you can visit.
- a foolish or worthless form of giving in to one's desires:[countable; usually singular;the + ~ + of]We cannot afford the luxury of self-pity.
adj. [before a noun]
- of, relating to, or providing luxury:a luxury hotel.
- 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.
- of, pertaining to, or affording luxury:a luxury hotel.
- Latin luxuria rankness, luxuriance, equivalent. to luxur- (combining form of luxus extravagance) + -ia -y3
- Middle English luxurie 1300–50