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

: more than is usual, necessary, or proper

: very fancy

: very expensive and not necessary

Full Definition of EXTRAVAGANT

a obsolete :  strange, curious
b archaic :  wandering
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>
a :  spending much more than necessary <has always been extravagant with her money>
b :  profuse, lavish
:  extremely or unreasonably high in price <an extravagant purchase>
ex·trav·a·gant·ly adverb


  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.


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>.
EXTRAVAGANTLY Defined for Kids


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

Definition of EXTRAVAGANT for Kids

:  going beyond what is reasonable or suitable <extravagant praise>
:  wasteful especially of money
ex·trav·a·gant·ly adverb


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