Definition of extravagance
1a : an instance of excess or prodigality; specifically : an excessive outlay of moneyb : 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>
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.
First Known Use of extravagance
EXTRAVAGANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extravagance for English Language Learners
: 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
EXTRAVAGANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of extravagance for Students
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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