Definition of “luxury” - English Dictionary

“luxury” in British English

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luxurynoun

uk /ˈlʌk.ʃər.i/ us /ˈlʌk.ʃɚ.i/

B1 [ U ] great comfort, especially as provided by expensive and beautiful things:

to live in luxury
a luxury cruise
a luxury hotel

C1 [ 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)

“luxury” in American English

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luxurynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈlʌk·ʃər·i, ˈlʌɡ·ʒər·i/

great comfort, 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 extra bathroom was at first a luxury, but after we had children it became a necessity.

A luxury is also any unusual, enjoyable activity:

[ 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 /ˈlʌkʃəri/ us 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 store sells 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 of travelling business class.
We cannot afford the luxury of delaying this decision.

(Definition of “luxury” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)