extravagance

noun ex·trav·a·gance \ ik-ˈstra-vi-gən(t)s \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

Definition of extravagance

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

  1. The reorganization of the department was aimed at reducing extravagance.

  2. That coat is an extravagance that you can't afford.

  3. Going to the play will be our one extravagance for this vacation.

  4. I was shocked by the extravagance of their lifestyle.

  5. The church is known for the extravagance of its architecture.

Recent Examples of extravagance from the Web

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First Known Use of extravagance

1640


EXTRAVAGANCE Defined for English Language Learners

extravagance

noun

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

extravagance

noun ex·trav·a·gance \ ik-ˈstra-və-gəns \

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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