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Meaning of “luxury” in the English Dictionary

"luxury" in British English

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luxurynoun

uk   /ˈlʌk.ʃər.i/  us   /-ʃɚ-/
B1 [U] greatcomfort, ​especially as ​provided by ​expensive and ​beautiful things: to ​live in luxury a luxury ​cruise a luxury ​hotelC1 [C] something ​expensive that is ​pleasant to have but is not ​necessary: luxuries, such as ​champagne and ​chocolate I like to ​buy myself little luxuries from ​time to ​time.B2 [S or U] something that gives you a lot of ​pleasure but cannot be done often: A ​day off ​work is such a luxury.

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(Definition of luxury from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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luxurynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈlʌk·ʃər·i, ˈlʌɡ·ʒər·i/
greatcomfort, esp. as ​provided by ​expensive and ​beautiful possessions, ​surroundings, or ​food, or something ​enjoyable and often ​expensive but not ​necessary: [U] a ​life of luxury [U] a luxury ​hotel [C] Having an ​extrabathroom was at first a luxury, but after we had ​children it ​became a ​necessity. A luxury is also any ​unusual, ​enjoyableactivity: [C] Sleeping late was a ​real luxury.
(Definition of luxury from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"luxury" in Business English

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luxurynoun

uk   us   /ˈlʌkʃəri/ (plural luxuries)
[U] the pleasure and comfort you get from ​expensive and beautiful things: I made ​money on ​shares and for a while I lived in luxury.a luxury apartment/car/yacht The ​market for luxury ​cars was badly ​hit by the ​recession.a luxury cruise/hotel/resort They ​plan to ​build a luxury ​hotel in Nairobi.luxury brands/goods/items The ​storesells luxury ​brands such as Prada and Chanel.
[C] something ​expensive which is pleasant to have but is not really necessary: He enjoys luxuries, such as champagne and caviar. Foreign ​travel is still an ​expensive luxury that many cannot ​afford.
[S] something that gives you pleasure or an ​advantage which you do not usually have: A day off ​work is such a luxury. I enjoyed the luxury oftravellingbusinessclass. We cannot afford the luxury of delaying this decision.
(Definition of luxury from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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