adjective ex·trav·a·gant \ ik-ˈstra-vi-gənt \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of extravagant

1 a obsolete : strange, curious
b archaic : wandering
2 a : exceeding the limits of reason or necessity
  • extravagant claims
b : lacking in moderation, balance, and restraint
  • extravagant praise
c : extremely or excessively elaborate
  • an extravagant display
3 a : spending much more than necessary
  • has always been extravagant with her money
4 : extremely or unreasonably high in price
  • an extravagant purchase



Examples of extravagant in a Sentence

  1. The company has been making extravagant claims about the drug's effectiveness.

  2. The film is notable for its extravagant settings and special effects.

  3. We're going on a less extravagant vacation this year.

  4. Her extravagant spending has to stop.

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Origin and Etymology of extravagant

Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin extravagant-, extravagans, from Latin extra- + vagant-, vagans, present participle of vagari to wander about, from vagus wandering

Synonym Discussion of extravagant

excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable.
    • excessive punishment
immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint.
    • immoderate spending
inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment.
    • inordinate pride
extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste.
    • extravagant claims for the product
exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree.
    • exorbitant prices
extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree.
    • extreme shyness

EXTRAVAGANT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of extravagant for English Language Learners

  • : more than is usual, necessary, or proper

  • : very fancy

  • : very expensive and not necessary

EXTRAVAGANT Defined for Kids


adjective ex·trav·a·gant \ ik-ˈstra-və-gənt \

Definition of extravagant for Students

1 : going beyond what is reasonable or suitable
  • extravagant praise
2 : wasteful especially of money



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