ex·​trav·​a·​gant | \ ik-ˈstra-vi-gənt How to pronounce extravagant (audio) \

Definition of extravagant

1a : 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
2 : extremely or unreasonably high in price an extravagant purchase
3a : spending much more than necessary has always been extravagant with her money
4a archaic : wandering
b obsolete : strange, curious

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Other Words from extravagant

extravagantly adverb

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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

Examples of extravagant in a Sentence

The company has been making extravagant claims about the drug's effectiveness. The film is notable for its extravagant settings and special effects. We're going on a less extravagant vacation this year. Her extravagant spending has to stop.
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Recent Examples on the Web Paolo’s panel paintings do in fact have the general look of being extravagant, formalized, enlarged paintings in Byzantine manuscripts. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 The former have a mode of working that makes the Duo feel extravagant and an almost ‘silly’ idea. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Las Vegas is home to all things extravagant, risky and riotously excessive. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 21 May 2021 Before long, the members of an unknown rock group playing small clubs in New York asked Legaspi to help them realize their own bizarre ideas for stagewear—costumes that were extravagant, gleaming, superhuman, and just a little bit scary. Jason Heller, The Atlantic, 12 May 2021 Costume design was epic and extravagant from Whoopi Golderg’s approximate $5 million worth of Harry Winston jewelry to this unforgettable golden gown. Jamila Stewart, Essence, 1 Apr. 2021 People here will see something absurd or extravagant from a business hundreds or thousands of miles away and ask Kent to recreate it or give her own twist to the dessert. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Mar. 2021 The couple also continued their tradition of throwing Kulture an extravagant birthday party, which Cardi documented through Instagram stories. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 July 2021 Or, if the opera isn't your thing, spend the day exploring the elaborate and extravagant building. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of extravagant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

History and Etymology for 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

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“Extravagant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravagant. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of extravagant

: more than is usual, necessary, or proper
: very fancy
: very expensive and not necessary


ex·​trav·​a·​gant | \ ik-ˈstra-və-gənt How to pronounce extravagant (audio) \

Kids Definition of extravagant

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

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