noun (plural -ries) Etymology: Middle English luxurie, from Anglo-French luxorie, from Latin luxuria rankness, luxury, excess; akin to Latin luxus luxury, excess Date: 14th century 1. archaic lechery, lust 2. a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort ; sumptuous environment <
lived in luxury
3. a. something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary <
one of life's luxuries
b. an indulgence in something that provides pleasure, satisfaction, or ease <
had the luxury of rejecting a handful of job offers — Terri Minsky
luxury adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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