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

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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Recent Examples on the Web One extravagance includes a slave child’s reciting the Declaration of Independence just to incite a slaver’s anger. Armond White, National Review, 12 May 2021 Such extravagance and generosity can seem excessive. Abbott Kahler, Vulture, 24 Mar. 2021 This beauty and craftsmanship are the key for me, not the extravagance. Bridget Foley, Town & Country, 15 May 2021 Jenkins’s overrefined sense of black history — a pageant of fabulous nightmares — is the real extravagance in The Underground Railroad. Armond White, National Review, 12 May 2021 In the weeks that followed, her uncharacteristic extravagance astonished us. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, 11 May 2021 Yet the money and the extravagance masks the man behind it all. Nick Romano, EW.com, 6 May 2021 While many law firms sponsored events or meals coinciding with the conference, Girardi Keese’s boozy gala each year at the Wynn resort stood apart for its extravagance and comedy and musical performances. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2021 The abundance, the variation, the extravagance, the artifice that the weave ushered in three decades ago now benefits all people, not just Black women. New York Times, 10 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'extravagance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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7 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Extravagance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravagance. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce extravagance (audio) \

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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