ex·​trav·​a·​gance | \ik-ˈstra-vi-gən(t)s \

Definition of extravagance 

1a : an instance of excess or prodigality specifically : an excessive outlay of money

b : something extravagant a new car is an extravagance we can't afford

2 : the quality or fact of being extravagant the extravagance of the decorations

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Examples of extravagance in a Sentence

The reorganization of the department was aimed at reducing extravagance. That coat is an extravagance that you can't afford. Going to the play will be our one extravagance for this vacation. I was shocked by the extravagance of their lifestyle. The church is known for the extravagance of its architecture.
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Dabo Swinney should start another round of fundraising, as Clemson’s ode to extravagance — replete with a slide, mini-golf course and bowling lanes — cost more than $200 million less. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "National writer calls Northwestern's Ryan Fieldhouse the 'nicest facility in all of college football'," 24 May 2018 In hindsight, vanilla was just a mild extravagance then. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Vanilla extract costs what? A worldwide shortage means it’s time to find other options," 23 Aug. 2018 At the red-carpet premiere for Crazy Rich Asians on Tuesday, Constance Wu embraced the extravagance her character Rachel comes face-to-face with in Kevin Kwan's 2013 novel and its upcoming film adaptation. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Constance Wu's Hand-Embroidered 'Crazy Rich Asians' Premiere Dress Took 765 Hours to Make," 9 Aug. 2018 There was a time when such extravagance was intrinsic to the faith. New York Times, "What’s Faith Got to Do With It?," 18 May 2018 That means not only turning to solar and wind power, but buying electric and hybrid vehicles, putting on a sweater instead of dialing up the thermostat and cutting other carbon-dioxide extravagances like air travel. NBC News, "'Ecotopia' teaches low-carbon living to Californians who aren't waiting for Trump to save the climate," 2 June 2018 So when money is no object here are some of the extravagances and indulgences which can be enjoyed in Monaco. Massimo Marioni, CNN, "Monaco Grand Prix weekend: How the rich and famous spend it," 30 May 2018 Wolfe reveled in worlds where people stood tall and acted with extravagance and swagger. Thomas Curwen, sacbee, "Tom Wolfe, novelist and pioneer of New Journalism, dies at 88 | The Sacramento Bee," 15 May 2018 Fischer has had a great success in Salt Lake City at least in part through extravagance. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "With Charles Dutoit out, London's Royal Philharmonic tries a Swiss conductor — and has a blast," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of extravagance

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of extravagance was in 1640

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English Language Learners Definition of extravagance

: the act or practice of spending a lot of money : wasteful or careless spending

: a special purchase that costs more than you usually spend

: the quality of something that is very expensive or fancy : an extravagant quality


ex·​trav·​a·​gance | \ik-ˈstra-və-gəns \

Kids Definition of extravagance

1 : the wasteful or careless spending of money

2 : something that is wasteful especially of money A new car is an extravagance he can't afford.

3 : the quality or fact of being wasteful especially of money

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