luxury

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

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlʌk.ʃə.ɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlʌɡʒəɹi/, /ˈlʌkʃəɹi/
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Noun[edit]

luxury (countable and uncountable, plural luxuries)

  1. Very wealthy and comfortable surroundings.
  2. Something desirable but expensive.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, “A Lady in Company”, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      [] 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.
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
      As the 1857 to Manchester Piccadilly rolls in, I scan the windows and realise there are plenty of spare seats, so I hop aboard. The train is a '221'+'220' combo to allow for social distancing - a luxury on an XC train as normally you're playing sardines, so I make the most of it.
  4. (obsolete) Lustfulness; sexual desire or attraction.
  5. (obsolete) Copulation; the act or action of sex.

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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

  1. Alternative form of luxurie