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

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
4 : extremely or unreasonably high in price an extravagant purchase

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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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The 2018 Blue Book Collection was divided into four sections with each extravagant grouping displayed in separate rooms dedicated to fall, winter, spring, and summer. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Kim Kardashian West Celebrate Tiffany & Co.’s Newest Collection," 10 Oct. 2018 Born in Ivorian city of Abidjan, Zaha moved to Thornton Heath in 1997 at age four with his eight siblings, honing his extravagant skills in the parks of Greater London. Henry Young, CNN, "Your Country Needs You! What nationality means to the modern-day footballer," 4 June 2018 With the newlyweds having only recently returned from their big (read: enormous, extravagant, amazing) day in India, the Quantico star is back to business at home in NYC, and was spotted heading to meetings with her tiny dog in hand on Monday. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Got Cozy at a Basketball Game While Nick Jonas Played Third Wheel," 18 Dec. 2018 The charitable giving comes just after Cardi celebrated her 26th birthday with the most extravagant surprise party ever, courtesy of her husband, rapper Offset. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Cardi B Giving Away Free Coats in Brooklyn Is an Inspiration," 20 Oct. 2018 The queen typically frowns on extravagant gifts, and many of the presents are novelty items. Frank Augstein, The Seattle Times, "Queen Elizabeth II riffs on wisdom, family’s busy year," 26 Dec. 2018 Maddie Ziegler's 16th-birthday dreams came true this weekend, courtesy of her good friend Sia, who showed up to the party with an extravagant gift: a brand-new car! Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Sia Gave Maddie Ziegler a Car for Her 16th Birthday," 1 Oct. 2018 In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’’), possesses extravagant gifts of language, with a knack for constructing dialogue that ranges from soaring lyricism to street-smart pungency before returning back to lyricism. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "The runway is ablaze, but ‘Wig Out!’ skims its glittering surface," 1 May 2018 By way of example, Dr Oldham mentions a patient whose idea of meaningful interaction with family members was to give extravagant gifts. The Economist, "What’s on the president’s mind," 11 Jan. 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 How to pronounce extravagant (audio) \

Kids Definition of extravagant

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

Other Words from extravagant

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