Sumptuary regulations
Sumptuary Sump"tu*a*ry, a. [L. sumptuarius, fr. sumptus expense, cost, fr. sumere, sumptum, to take, use, spend; sub under + emere to take, buy: cf. F. somptuaire. See {Redeem}.] Relating to expense; regulating expense or expenditure. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

{Sumptuary laws} or {Sumptuary regulations}, laws intended to restrain or limit the expenditure of citizens in apparel, food, furniture, etc.; laws which regulate the prices of commodities and the wages of labor; laws which forbid or restrict the use of certain articles, as of luxurious apparel. [1913 Webster]


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