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adjective ex·trav·a·gant \ik-ˈstra-vi-gənt\

Simple Definition of extravagant

  • : more than is usual, necessary, or proper

  • : very fancy

  • : very expensive and not necessary

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of extravagant

  1. 1 a obsolete :  strange, curious b archaic :  wandering

  2. 2 a :  exceeding the limits of reason or necessity <extravagant claims> b :  lacking in moderation, balance, and restraint <extravagant praise> c :  extremely or excessively elaborate <an extravagant display>

  3. 3 a :  spending much more than necessary <has always been extravagant with her money> b :  profuse, lavish

  4. 4 :  extremely or unreasonably high in price <an extravagant purchase>

extravagantly adverb

Examples of extravagant in a sentence

  1. The company has been making extravagant claims about the drug's effectiveness.

  2. The film is notable for its extravagant settings and special effects.

  3. We're going on a less extravagant vacation this year.

  4. Her extravagant spending has to stop.

Origin of extravagant

Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin extravagant-, extravagans, from Latin extra- + vagant-, vagans, present participle of vagari to wander about, from vagus wandering

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of extravagant

excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable <excessive punishment>. immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint <immoderate spending>. inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment <inordinate pride>. extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste <extravagant claims for the product>. exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree <exorbitant prices>. extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree <extreme shyness>.

EXTRAVAGANT Defined for Kids


adjective ex·trav·a·gant \ik-ˈstra-və-gənt\

Definition of extravagant for Students

  1. 1 :  going beyond what is reasonable or suitable <extravagant praise>

  2. 2 :  wasteful especially of money

extravagantly adverb

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