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 Magic and Madness of Football Style, was the canary in the coal mine for how extravagant and combustible the relationship between soccer and style would eventually become. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Glorious, Bizarre History of Soccer and Fashion," 18 June 2018 The documents go into great depth detailing Sivla's gift to Cobain for the same anniversary -- an extravagant and heartfelt conversion of the couple's spare bedroom designed, essentially, in tribute to Cobain and her interests. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Courtney Love Sued by Frances Bean Cobain's Ex-Husband for Alleged Kidnapping & Murder Plot," 31 May 2018 While Romney may have saved money on his Brioni tuxedo, many stars seemed to spare no expense at the Gala — wearing an array of over-the-top couture designer duds, each more extravagant and elegant than the rest. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Mitt Romney Got His Met Gala Tux on Amazon — Shop the Look Yourself," 8 May 2018 The Dress Princess Diana's dress was an extravagant and much-anticipated sight to see. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Princess Diana's Wedding," 8 Mar. 2018 From the impressive yet warm ambience to the savory cuisine and skilled waitstaff, Papachristidis embraces all things extravagant and luxurious. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "Holiday Dining at This New York Apartment Is All About Puttin' on the Ritz," 29 Nov. 2017 These kids have amassed a huge amount of extravagant toys, such as electric go-karts. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Well-off parent doesn't like friends' braggy child," 12 July 2018 Despite the scholarly ruminations about Cixi, many Chinese tourists seem more interested in her extravagant lifestyle and come to see what is left of the loot, much faded because of neglect by the Communist Party’s cultural administrators. New York Times, "Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer?," 10 July 2018 An extravagant legal row this week suggests there may be little time left for complacency. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s powers are not quite as vast as his lawyers claim," 7 June 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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