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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Recent Examples on the Web Polkinghorne, an Australian textile designer who produced extravagant handmade trimmings and tassels, would employ local labor. Next Avenue, Forbes, 4 June 2021 This Portland gem is home to some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the International Rose Test Garden and Hoyt Arboretum, not to mention beautiful grounds to explore and an extravagant accessible children’s playground. oregonlive, 3 June 2021 This extravagant musical, adapted from the stage, follows a British teen (Max Harwood) planning to come out at prom—as a drag queen. David Canfield, EW.com, 3 June 2021 Porsha Williams has some extravagant wedding plans to share. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 28 May 2021 The two leaders met twice more, amid similarly extravagant claims. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, 21 May 2021 This year, these extravagant picks include a triple-digit sophisticated hair tool, a fruity fragrance, and much more. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 19 May 2021 At the pass, there was suddenly an extravagant view: the ocean, the Channel Islands, the city of Santa Barbara below, the long coast south, and a series of transverse mountain ranges running off to the southeast. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021 That might change, given large percentages of active-duty personnel who have not done so voluntarily after a year of extravagant Pentagon investment in keeping the virus from spreading within their ranks. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 14 May 2021

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

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9 Jun 2021

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“Extravagant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravagant. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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

extravagantly adverb


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