extravagance

noun

ex·​trav·​a·​gance ik-ˈstra-vi-gən(t)s How to pronounce extravagance (audio)
1
a
: 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

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Extravagance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravagance. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

extravagance

noun
ex·​trav·​a·​gance ik-ˈstrav-i-gən(t)s How to pronounce extravagance (audio)
1
a
: the wasteful or careless spending of money
b
: something that is extravagant
2
: the quality or fact of being extravagant

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