A luxury is something that is pleasant to have or experience, but it is not necessary. For example, eating in a restaurant is a luxury — you can always cook and eat at home.

In its earliest days, luxury meant "excess that is sinfully self-indulgent." Over time, this definition softened, losing the air of judgment, but retaining the sense that a luxury is enjoyable or comfortable, but not necessary. We often think of a luxury as something costly, but this isn't always so. For example, being able to sleep late or live within walking distance of loved ones or a beautiful forest can also be luxuries.

Definitions of luxury

n something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity

Type of:
indulgence, self-indulgence
an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires

n the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive

lavishness, sumptuosity, sumptuousness
Type of:
the quality of being high-priced

n wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living

luxuriousness, opulence, sumptuousness
Type of:
wealth, wealthiness
the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money

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