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[luhg-zhoo r-ee-uh s, luhk-shoo r-] /lʌgˈʒʊər i əs, lʌkˈʃʊər-/
characterized by luxury; ministering or conducive to luxury:
a luxurious hotel.
given to or loving luxury; wanting or requiring what is choice, expensive, or the like:
a person with luxurious tastes.
given to pleasure, especially of the senses; voluptuous.
present or occurring in great abundance, rich profusion, etc.; opulent:
a luxurious harvest; music of luxurious beauty.
excessively ornate; overelaborate:
luxurious prose.
Origin of luxurious
1300-50; Middle English < Latin luxuriōsus. See luxury, -ous
Related forms
luxuriously, adverb
luxuriousness, noun
overluxurious, adjective
overluxuriously, adverb
overluxuriousness, noun
preluxurious, adjective
preluxuriously, adverb
preluxuriousness, noun
quasi-luxurious, adjective
quasi-luxuriously, adverb
superluxurious, adjective
superluxuriously, adverb
superluxuriousness, noun
unluxurious, adjective
unluxuriously, adverb
Can be confused
luxuriant, luxurious.
1. rich, sumptuous. 2. epicurean. 3. sensual, self-indulgent.
1. squalid. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Everything in life seemed to be luxurious as it had never been before.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Men whose lives had been luxurious fared on the plainest and hardest.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • To the simple, country-bred girl Lizzie's room seemed a luxurious one in the glow of the pink-shaded lamp on the center-table.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • The wealth that affords the most luxurious entertainments must be the wealth that rules.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • Our lunch was, as the others had been, luxurious; but my throat was dry, and I could not eat.

    The Mistress of Bonaventure Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for luxurious


characterized by luxury
enjoying or devoted to luxury
an archaic word for lecherous
Derived Forms
luxuriously, adverb
luxuriousness, noun
Usage note
Luxurious is sometimes wrongly used where luxuriant is meant: he had a luxuriant (not luxurious) moustache; the walls were covered with a luxuriant growth of wisteria
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin luxuriōsus excessive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for luxurious

c.1300, "lascivious, lecherous, unchaste," from Old French luxurios "lustful, lascivious" (Modern French luxurieux), from Latin luxuriosus, from luxuria (see luxury). Meaning "given to luxury, voluptuous" (of persons) is from c.1600. Of things, meaning "characterized by luxury" is attested from c.1650. Related: Luxuriously; luxuriousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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