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lux·u·ry

 (lŭg′zhə-rē, lŭk′shə-)
n. pl. lux·u·ries
1. Sumptuous or extremely comfortable living or surroundings: lives in luxury.
2.
a. Something that is not essential but provides pleasure and comfort: felt entitled to a few luxuries after so much hard work.
b. Something that is desirable but expensive or hard to obtain or do: did not have the luxury of working in an up-to-date laboratory.
adj.
Providing luxury: a luxury car.

[Middle English luxurie, lust, from Old French, from Latin luxuria, excess, luxury, from luxus.]
Synonyms: luxury, extravagance, frill
These nouns denote something desirable that is not a necessity: the real luxury of riding in a limousine; a simple wedding without any extravagances; caviar and other culinary frills.
Antonym: necessity

luxury

(ˈlʌkʃərɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. indulgence in and enjoyment of rich, comfortable, and sumptuous living
2. (sometimes plural) something that is considered an indulgence rather than a necessity
3. something pleasant and satisfying: the luxury of independence.
4. (modifier) relating to, indicating, or supplying luxury: a luxury liner.
[C14 (in the sense: lechery): via Old French from Latin luxuria excess, from luxus extravagance]

lux•u•ry

(ˈlʌk ʃə ri, ˈlʌg ʒə-)

n., pl. -ries,
adj. n.
1. a material object, service, etc., conducive to physical comfort or sumptuous living, but usu. not a necessity of life.
2. free indulgence in the comforts and pleasures afforded by such things: a life of luxury.
3. a means of ministering to indulgence: the luxury of choosing.
4. a pleasure out of the ordinary allowed to oneself: the luxury of an extra piece of cake.
5. a foolish or worthless form of self-indulgence: the luxury of self-pity.
6. Archaic. lust; lasciviousness; lechery.
adj.
7. of, pertaining to, or providing luxury: a luxury hotel.
[1300–50; Middle English luxurie < Latin luxuria rankness, luxuriance]

luxury

  • voluptuary - One totally into luxury and sensual pleasure.
  • deluxe - Once two words, it is French for "of luxury."
  • eadness - Happiness derived from luxury and wealth.
  • luxury - Once a word for "lechery, lasciviousness."
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.luxury - something that is an indulgence rather than a necessityluxury - something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity
indulgence, self-indulgence - an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires
2.luxury - the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive
expensiveness - the quality of being high-priced
3.luxury - wealth as evidenced by sumptuous livingluxury - wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living
wealth, wealthiness - the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money; "great wealth is not a sign of great intelligence"

luxury

noun
2. extravagance, treat, extra, indulgence, frill, nonessential We never had money for little luxuries.
extravagance necessity, need
3. pleasure, delight, comfort, satisfaction, enjoyment, bliss, indulgence, gratification, wellbeing Relax in the luxury of a Roman-style bath.
pleasure difficulty, burden, misery, discomfort, hardship, uphill (S. African), infliction
Quotations
"Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessities" [John Lothrop Motley]

luxury

noun
Something costly and unnecessary:
Translations
تَرَف، بَذْخرَفَاهِيَةٌكَماليّات
luxuspřepychpřepychovýzbytečnost
luksusluksus-luksusting
ylellisyysloistoluksus
luksuzraskoš
luxuscikk
lúxus, munaîur
贅沢
사치
prabangiaiprabangos dalykas
greznībagreznuma-greznuma priekšmetsgreznums
prepych
potratarazkošje
lyx
ความหรูหรา
sự xa xỉ

luxury

[ˈlʌkʃərɪ]
A. N (= opulence) → lujo m; (= extravagance, treat) → lujo m; (= article) → artículo m de lujo
to live in luxuryvivir con mucho lujo
a holiday is a luxury we can't affordunas vacaciones son un lujo que no nos podemos permitir
B. CPD [goods, apartment] → de lujo
luxury tax Nimpuesto m de lujo

luxury

[ˈlʌkʃəri]
n
(= comfort) → luxe m
It was luxury! → C'était un vrai luxe!
to live in luxury, to live a life of luxury → vivre dans le luxe
(= costly thing) → luxe m
to be a luxury (= expensive) → être un luxe
(= indulgence) → luxe m
It's a luxury to be able to lie in → C'est un luxe que de pouvoir faire la grasse matinée.
little luxuries → petites gâteries fpl
modif [car, apartment, brand] → de luxe
a luxury hotel → un hôtel de luxe
luxury goods → articles mpl de luxe

luxury

n
(in general) → Luxus m; (of car, house etc)luxuriöse or feudale Ausstattung, Komfort m; to live a life of luxuryein Luxusleben or ein Leben im Luxus führen
(= article)Luxus m no pl; we can’t allow ourselves many luxurieswir können uns (dat)nicht viel Luxus leisten; little luxuriesLuxus m; (to eat) → kleine Genüsse pl
adj attrLuxus-; luxury carLuxusauto nt; luxury flat (esp Brit) or apartmentLuxus- or Komfortwohnung f; luxury goodsLuxusgüter pl; luxury linerLuxusdampfer m; luxury taxLuxussteuer f

luxury

[ˈlʌkʃrɪ]
1. n (gen) → lusso; (article) → (oggetto di) lusso
2. adj (goods, apartment) → di lusso

luxury

(ˈlakʃəri) plural ˈluxuries noun
1. great comfort usually amongst expensive things. They live in luxury; (also adjective) gold jewellery and other luxury goods.
2. something pleasant but not necessary, and often rare and expensive. We're going to give up all those luxuries and only spend money on essentials.
luxurious (lagˈzjuəriəs) adjective
supplied with luxuries. a really luxurious flat/life.
luˈxuriously adverb
luˈxuriousness noun

luxury

رَفَاهِيَةٌ luxus luksus Luxus πολυτέλεια lujo ylellisyys luxe luksuz lusso 贅沢 사치 luxe luksus luksus luxo роскошь lyx ความหรูหรา lüks sự xa xỉ 奢侈
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It's like other people, you know, and I always envy girls who do such things, I'm so fond of luxury," said Meg, trying to decide which of two shabby gowns was the least shabby.
In former times, before Robert could remember, "the house" had been a summer luxury of the Lebruns.
But it is an error to suppose that our great forefathers -- though accustomed to speak and think of human existence as a state merely of trial and warfare, and though unfeignedly prepared to sacrifice goods and life at the behest of duty -- made it a matter of conscience to reject such means of comfort, or even luxury, as lay fairly within their grasp.
He could not help, too, rolling his large eyes round him as he ate, and chuckling with the possibility that he might one day be lord of all this scene of almost unimaginable luxury and splendor.
He escorted them to the house, which was one of a long row of the typical frame dwellings of the neighborhood, where architecture is a luxury that is dispensed with.
What an unspeakable luxury it was to slake that thirst with the pure and limpid ice-water of the glacier
And such a luxury to him was this petting of his sorrows, that he could not bear to have any worldly cheeriness or any grating delight intrude upon it; it was too sacred for such contact; and so, presently, when his cousin Mary danced in, all alive with the joy of seeing home again after an age-long visit of one week to the country, he got up and moved in clouds and darkness out at one door as she brought song and sunshine in at the other.
Rebecca was capable of certain set tasks, such as keeping the small children from killing themselves and one another, feeding the poultry, picking up chips, hulling strawberries, wiping dishes; but she was thought irresponsible, and Aurelia, needing somebody to lean on (having never enjoyed that luxury with the gifted Lorenzo), leaned on Hannah.
All of these lived at the Great House Farm, and enjoyed the luxury of whipping the servants when they pleased, from old Barney down to William Wilkes, the coach-driver.
They reached town by three o'clock the third day, glad to be released, after such a journey, from the confinement of a carriage, and ready to enjoy all the luxury of a good fire.
You are aware that my plan in bringing up these girls is, not to accustom them to habits of luxury and indulgence, but to render them hardy, patient, self-denying.
I let him enjoy the luxury unannoyed; and after sucking out his last wreath, and heaving a profound sigh, he got up, and departed as solemnly as he came.