ex·trav·a·gant | \ik-ˈstra-vi-gənt \

Definition of extravagant 

1a obsolete : strange, curious

b archaic : wandering

2a : 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

3a : spending much more than necessary has always been extravagant with her money

b : profuse, lavish

4 : extremely or unreasonably high in price an extravagant purchase

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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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The Tanglewood reception wasn’t extravagant, even though his encore, the Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp minor, showed Lang Lang’s filigree legato at its very best. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Lang Lang's recovery: Will he ever play in Philly again?," 12 July 2018 The couple threw the most extravagant, over-the-top baby shower, with the most amazing theme: Bardi Shower: A Bronx Fairytale. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Cardi B Had the Most Over-the-Top Baby Shower," 28 June 2018 Through a series of seductions, Khan had developed a reputation for extravagant and excessive romances. refinery29.com, "The First American Celebrity To Marry Into Royalty Had A Shocking Life," 10 May 2018 Similar to Hedwig, the costumes and makeup in How To Talk to Girls at Parties are very extravagant. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "John Cameron Mitchell on Directing His Wild Sci-Fi Punk Opus 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'," 30 May 2018 The snap proved that club looks don’t have to be extravagant to be festive—and that the best raving buddy is maybe your mom after all. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Dua Lipa and Her Mom Rave Together in Surprisingly Chic Style," 23 May 2018 But fans of the royal couple have planned some unique -- and extravagant ways -- to watch and celebrate the royal wedding. Fox News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's royal wedding celebrated around world with extravagant, over-the-top parties," 17 May 2018 Or is that just soap opera gussied up with good acting and extravagant sets, a formula that television producers know works with women. Lisa Miller, The Cut, "The Relentless Torture of The Handmaid’s Tale," 2 May 2018 Sherald has depicted Michelle Obama in a dress by Michelle Smith's Milly label, tasteful but not extravagant department-store fashion that recalls the first lady's mix of couture and comfortable pragmatism. Pelican Bomb, NOLA.com, "Living on the edge: Artist captures disappearing coastline," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of extravagant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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 \

Kids Definition of extravagant

1 : going beyond what is reasonable or suitable extravagant praise

2 : wasteful especially of money

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