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 The company held a free prom-like banquet at a country club for employees in January, giving workers and a guest a chance to dress up and enjoy an extravagant party with colleagues, complete with shrimp cocktail and a carving station. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Anderson-Dubose Co. throws prom-like banquet: Top Workplaces 2020 first-place winner," 28 June 2020 Apple debuted the trailer for the extravagant sci-fi series at its developers conference on June 22. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Apple is hoping “Foundation” can be its “Game of Thrones”," 27 June 2020 What most people don’t realise is that the apparently spontaneous abandon of those extravagant nights is, in fact, painstakingly planned. Ashley Mears, The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world The secret economics of a VIP party," 26 June 2020 Fayne is accused of encouraging people to invest and then using their money to pay for his extravagant lifestyle. Rebecca Santana, USA TODAY, "'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' star Maurice Fayne charged with misusing coronavirus relief funds," 25 June 2020 Le Bistro Montage, a classic Portland late-night restaurant known for an epic mac and cheese menu and extravagant to-go tin foil creatures, is closing permanently. oregonlive, "Portland’s popular late-night eatery Le Bistro Montage is closing after 27 years," 24 June 2020 Huizar is accused of accepting campaign donations, extravagant dinners, free flights, poker chips, and other financial incentives totaling more than $1.5 million, according to his arrest warrant. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Los Angeles councilman arrested on pay-for-play corruption charges," 23 June 2020 The chieftain moves his extended family to the main homes of the Jerusalem village, and settles in one himself—a palace, some might call it, though there is nothing extravagant about it. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 Three days after the lockdown was implemented, Ram Prajapati, a construction worker in Gurgaon, a major commercial center of shimmering office blocks, extravagant malls, and opulent apartment towers near New Delhi, ran out of food. Alia Allana, The Atlantic, "One Biscuit, a Billion Stories," 13 June 2020

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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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“Extravagant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravagant. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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