AskDefine | Define luxury

Dictionary Definition

luxury adj : elegant and sumptuous; "a deluxe car"; "luxe accommodations"; "a luxury condominium" [syn: deluxe, de luxe, luxe, luxury(a)]

Noun

1 something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity
2 the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive [syn: lavishness, sumptuosity, sumptuousness]
3 wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living [syn: luxuriousness, opulence, sumptuousness]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

luxus "abundant"

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈlʌkʃəri/

Noun

  1. very wealthy and comfortable surroundings.
  2. something desirable but expensive.
  3. something very pleasant but not really needed in life.

Translations

very wealthy and comfortable surroundings
something desirable but expensive
  • Croatian: luksuz
  • Finnish: ylellisyys
  • German: Luxus
something very pleasant but not really needed in life
  • Croatian: luksuz
  • Finnish: ylellisyys
  • German: Luxus
Translations to be checked

Adjective

  1. very expensive

Derived terms

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Extensive Definition

Luxury can refer to several things:
  • Luxury good, an economic good for which demand increases more than proportionally as income rises; contrast with inferior good and normal good.
  • Luxury tax, a tax on products not considered essential, such as expensive cars
  • Luxury tax (sports), a surcharge put on the aggregate payroll of a sports team to the extent to which it exceeds a predetermined guideline level set by the league
  • Luxury vehicle, a relatively expensive automobile
  • Luxury yacht, a very expensive privately owned yacht which is professionally crewed
  • Luxury real estate, a niche real estate market dealing with the highest economic group of property buyers
  • Luxury resorts, which are very exclusive vacation facilities
  • Luxury box, a term for a special seating section in arenas, stadiums and other sports venues
  • Luxury magazine, a magazine devoted to fine craft and luxury goods.
Also:
luxury in Polish: Luksus
luxury in Yiddish: לוקסוס

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Babylonian splendor, Cyrenaic hedonism, Cyrenaicism, Easy Street, affluence, amenity, amusement, animal pleasure, appeal, appealingness, appetite, appetitiveness, attractiveness, bed of roses, bedizenment, bewitchment, bodily pleasure, brilliance, captivation, carnal delight, charm, clover, comfort, confidence, content, contentment, coziness, creature comforts, dainty, delicacy, delight, delightfulness, duplication, duplication of effort, ease, easy circumstances, elaborateness, elegance, embellishment, enchantment, endpleasure, enjoyment, enravishment, entertainment, entrancement, epicureanism, epicurism, ethical hedonism, euphoria, expendable, expletive, exquisiteness, extra, extravagance, fascination, fat, featherbedding, felicity, filling, fleshpots, forepleasure, frill, frills, frippery, fruition, fun, gingerbread, glamour, glory, gorgeousness, grace, gracious life, gracious living, grandeur, grandiosity, grandness, gratification, great satisfaction, gusto, happiness, hearty enjoyment, hedonic calculus, hedonics, hedonism, imposingness, impressiveness, indulgence, intellectual pleasure, invitingness, joie de vivre, keen pleasure, kicks, lap of luxury, lavishness, life of ease, loaves and fishes, loveliness, luxuriousness, magnificence, majesty, needlessness, nobility, opulence, ornamentation, overadornment, overlap, padding, payroll padding, physical pleasure, pleasure, pleasure principle, pleasure-seeking, pleonasm, plushness, poshness, prolixity, prosperity, prosperousness, proudness, psychological hedonism, quiet pleasure, redundance, redundancy, relish, resplendence, richness, ritziness, satisfaction, security, self-gratification, self-indulgence, sensual pleasure, sensualism, sensuality, sensualness, sensuous pleasure, sensuousness, sexual pleasure, splendidness, splendiferousness, splendor, state, stateliness, success, sumptuousness, superfluity, superfluousness, sweetness of life, sybaritism, tantalizingness, tautology, temptingness, the affluent life, the good life, thriving condition, titillation, treat, unchastity, unnecessariness, upward mobility, velvet, verbosity, voluptuousness, weal, wealth, welfare, well-being, winningness, winsomeness, witchery, zest
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