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Due to its high market price, most gemstones, such as diamonds, for example, are widely associated with luxury


From Middle English luxurie, borrowed from Old French luxurie, from Latin luxuria (rankness, luxury), from luxus (extravagance, luxury).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlʌk.ʃə.ɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlʌɡʒəɹi/, /ˈlʌkʃəɹi/
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luxury (countable and uncountable, plural luxuries)

  1. Very wealthy and comfortable surroundings.
  2. Something desirable but expensive.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0088:
      [] We are engaged in a great work, a treatise on our river fortifications, perhaps? But since when did army officers afford the luxury of amanuenses in this simple republic ? []
  3. Something that is pleasant but not necessary in life.



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luxury (comparative more luxury, superlative most luxury)

  1. very expensive
  2. not essential but desirable and enjoyable and indulgent.
  3. (automotive) Pertaining to the top-end market segment for mass production mass market vehicles, above the premium market segment.

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  • luxury in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
  • luxury at OneLook Dictionary Search

Middle English[edit]



  1. Alternative form of luxurie