ex·​trav·​a·​gant ik-ˈstra-vi-gənt How to pronounce extravagant (audio)
: exceeding the limits of reason or necessity
extravagant claims
: lacking in moderation, balance, and restraint
extravagant praise
: extremely or excessively elaborate
an extravagant display
: extremely or unreasonably high in price
an extravagant purchase
: spending much more than necessary
has always been extravagant with her money
archaic : wandering
obsolete : strange, curious
extravagantly adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of extravagant was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Extravagant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravagant. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


ex·​trav·​a·​gant ik-ˈstrav-i-gənt How to pronounce extravagant (audio)
: going beyond what is reasonable or suitable
extravagant praise
: wasteful especially of money
extravagant spending
extravagantly adverb

Middle English extravagaunt "wandering away, going beyond the usual limits," from early French extravagant (same meaning), from Latin extravagant-, extravagans (same meaning), from earlier extra- "outside, beyond" and vagari "to wander away" — related to vagabond

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