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

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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Paul and celebrity chef Erasmus live an extravagant, self-indulgent lifestyle. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 These parts are all made of ordinary stuff, nothing extravagant. Janet Eastman, oregonlive.com, "Celebrating architect Pietro Belluschi’s 120th anniversary: Building tours, book talk and dinner in his home," 8 Aug. 2019 The image features Queen Bey in a gold sequin Valentino dress, her long, blonde cornrows braided into gentle plaits, topped off with an extravagant Philip Treacy fascinator, reminiscent of a starburst. Amanda Mitchell, Teen Vogue, "The National Portrait Gallery Is Adding Beyoncé’s September 2018 "Vogue" Cover to Its Collection," 7 Aug. 2019 The turning point for the company was the Time Warner Center, the renovation of Columbus Circle in Manhattan into a mixed-use complex consisting of high-end office spaces, luxury residential living, and extravagant dining and retail. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the megadevelopment era shapes cities today," 30 July 2019 People in attendance are mainly those sporting extravagant homemade hats. Noelle Zielinski, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what happened when I went to my first Jimmy Buffett show in Cincinnati. #FinsUp," 19 July 2019 Gigi married Nats on July 13 in an extravagant beachfront ceremony wearing a custom, strapless Michael Costello princess ball gown. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Gigi Gorgeous and Nats Getty Are Blissful Newlyweds as They Bond at the Beach Post Wedding," 16 July 2019 Royal Ascot enters its third day tomorrow—with all eyes on the extravagant hats, glamorous outfits, of course, the royals. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Here's Why Day Three of the Royal Ascot Is Called Ladies’ Day," 19 June 2019 To stand out from the crowd, women began wearing louder and more extravagant hats. Luke Sharrett, National Geographic, "Why the Kentucky Derby is a 145-year-old celebration of hats," 2 May 2019

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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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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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