Relating to a law; sumptuary laws or regulations, are those intended to restrain or limit the expenditure of citizens in apparel, food, furniture, etc.; laws which regulate the prices of commodities and the wages of labor; laws which forbid or restrict the use of certain articles, as of luxurious apparel.
Origin of Sumptuary
Latin sumptuarius, from sumptus expense, cost, from sumere, sumptum, "to take", "use", "spend"; sub "under" + emere "to take", "buy": compare with French somptuaire
Latin sūmptuārius from sūmptus expense from past participle of sūmere to take, buy em- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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