flamboyant


1flam·boy·ant

adjective \flam-ˈbi-ənt\

: having a very noticeable quality that attracts a lot of attention

Full Definition of FLAMBOYANT

1
often capitalized :  characterized by waving curves suggesting flames <flamboyant tracery> <flamboyant architecture>
2
:  marked by or given to strikingly elaborate or colorful display or behavior <a flamboyant performer>
flam·boy·ant·ly adverb

Examples of FLAMBOYANT

  1. the flamboyant gestures of the conductor
  2. <has a gallery of flamboyant gestures that makes him easy to imitate>
  3. Crazy artists, or flamboyant ones, can be strangely comforting. We feel we understand where their visions come from; we're lulled by the symmetry of turbulent art and turbulent lives. —Stephen Schiff, New Yorker, 28 Dec. 1992–4 Jan. 1993

Origin of FLAMBOYANT

French, from present participle of flamboyer to flame, from Old French, from flambe
First Known Use: 1832

2flam·boy·ant

noun \flam-ˈbi-ənt\

Definition of FLAMBOYANT

Origin of FLAMBOYANT

(see 1flamboyant)
First Known Use: 1879

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

Rhymes with FLAMBOYANT

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