From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishluxurylux‧u‧ry /ˈlʌkʃəri/ ●●○ noun (plural luxuries) 1 [uncountable]NEED very great comfort and pleasure, such as you get from expensive food, beautiful houses, cars etcin luxury She stole to keep her boyfriend in luxury. He was leading a life of luxury in Australia.luxury hotel/car/home etc (=expensive and large) We stayed in a five-star luxury hotel. The dress is lambswool – pure luxury.2 [countable]EXPENSIVE something expensive that you do not need, but you buy for pleasure and enjoyment OPP necessity luxuries like chocolate and perfume3 → afford/have/enjoy the luxury of something → in the lap of luxury at lap1(5)COLLOCATIONSadjectivesgreat luxuryShe was used to a life of great luxury.pure/sheer luxury (=used when you want to emphasize that something gives great comfort and pleasure )The blouse was satin, and felt like pure luxury.the ultimate luxury (=something you consider a very great luxury)A hot tub in your own back yard is the ultimate luxury.comparative luxury (=comfortable when compared to other things)We were glad to return to the comparative luxury of our tent away from the rain.luxury + NOUNa luxury hotel/home/apartmentThey stayed at luxury hotels during their trip.a luxury carThe manager drove a luxury car.a luxury ship/yachtHe'd booked a holiday on a luxury cruise ship.a luxury holidayThe first prize in the competition is a luxury holiday for two in Jamaica.luxury items/goods (=expensive things)At Christmas we try to afford a few luxury items.verbslive in luxuryWhile some people live in luxury, most are struggling to find enough money to live on.phrasesa life of luxuryIt was difficult to give up a life of luxury.the lap of luxury (=a very comfortable situation, especially compared to other situations or other people)After camping for a week, my own bed felt like the lap of luxury.The foreigners lived in the lap of luxury.a touch of luxury (=something that makes something seem more pleasurable and comfortable)Leather chairs added a touch of luxury to the room.something is the height of luxury (=something that is extremely comfortable and gives you a lot of pleasure)If you want bath time to be the height of luxury, you will be inspired by our latest range of shower accessories.
Examples from the Corpusluxury• Correspondence is, for me, a luxury which stirs my sensibilities, especially if it be with an old friend.• We can't afford luxuries like piano lessons any more.• What other organization would claim such inattention to details like pricing and luxury suites?• In this society, a few enjoy luxury while others endure grinding poverty.• Absolute poverty has fallen steadily since the industrial revolution, which is why yesterday's luxuries have become today's necessities.• I awoke in the soundproofed luxury of the Princess Grace Hospital, none the worse for the two-hour operation.• Now many new-product developers have barely the luxury of fifteen weeks to get a product designed and off to market.• It was luxuries like A / C that brought down the Roman Empire.• What luxury it would be to get out and stretch.a life of luxury• They led a life of luxury , in a huge house in the country.• Now Midnight lived a life of luxury, hock-deep in expensive straw, shining and hard and ready to go.• I am currently living a life of luxury.From Longman Business Dictionaryluxurylux‧u‧ry /ˈlʌkʃəri/ noun (plural luxuries)1[countable] something that is expensive and not really necessary but is pleasing and enjoyableluxuries such as a yacht and gold-plated bathroom fixtures2luxury apartment/car etc a very expensive and large apartment, car etcPorsche, Saab and BMW are fierce competitors in the luxury car market.It has switched its major focus to luxury gift items.3[uncountable] great pleasure and enjoyment from large, beautiful, and expensive cars, houses etcThe days when Americans paid any price for luxury are probably over. —luxurious adjectiveHe runs his company, Silver Pictures, from a luxurious villa in Hollywood.a luxurious yacht club in FloridaOrigin luxury (1300-1400) Old French luxurie, from Latin luxuria “too great quantity”