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Meaning of luxury

lux•u•ry

Pronunciation: (luk'shu-rē, lug'zhu-), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -ries,
—n.
  1. a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity: Gold cufflinks were a luxury not allowed for in his budget.
  2. free or habitual indulgence in or enjoyment of comforts and pleasures in addition to those necessary for a reasonable standard of well-being: a life of luxury on the French Riviera.
  3. a means of ministering to such indulgence or enjoyment: This travel plan gives you the luxury of choosing which countries you can visit.
  4. a pleasure out of the ordinary allowed to oneself: the luxury of an extra piece of the cake.
  5. a foolish or worthless form of self-indulgence: the luxury of self-pity.
  6. lust; lasciviousness; lechery.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or affording luxury: a luxury hotel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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