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

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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First Known Use of extravagance

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Extravagance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravagance. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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