ex·​trav·​a·​gan·​za | \ ik-ˌstra-və-ˈgan-zə How to pronounce extravaganza (audio) \

Definition of extravaganza

1 : a lavish or spectacular show or event
2 : something extravagant
3 : a literary or musical work marked by extreme freedom of style and structure and usually by elements of burlesque or parody

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Examples of extravaganza in a Sentence

the over-the-top extravaganzas that are usually staged at halftime during the Super Bowl
Recent Examples on the Web All signs indicate that the semi-annual extravaganza will resume, albeit a few months later than usual. Regina Cole, Forbes, "High Point, North Carolina, Beyond The Market," 20 Apr. 2021 If pandemic concerns permit, organizers are planning a year-end outdoor Piazzolla extravaganza at the Obelisk, the iconic monument in downtown Buenos Aires. Los Angeles Times, "They called him tango’s assassin. But Astor Piazzolla’s musical reboot made him a legend," 15 Apr. 2021 Just like nearly every other consumer tech announcement this year, Amazon’s extravaganza was a virtual affair, with company executives speaking over a livestream instead of to a room full of reporters. Wired Staff, Wired, "Everything Amazon Just Announced—Like That Crazy Home Drone," 24 Sep. 2020 The Easter Egg Roll extravaganza, hosted by the president and first lady, typically attracts thousands of kids and their parents. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "White House Easter Egg Roll is canceled for a second year due to pandemic," 20 Mar. 2021 His birthday would have been a huge extravaganza with his children and grandchildren, but because of COVID-19 the celebration couldn’t happen. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A father-daughter duo searched for Milwaukee’s best reuben to celebrate his 70th birthday," 15 Mar. 2021 At this year’s virtual tech extravaganza, a new wave of home tech aims to blend in, not stand out. Wilson Rothman, WSJ, "Best of CES 2021: The (Virtual) Tech Show’s Weirdest and Most Wondrous Gadgets," 15 Jan. 2021 The Musical, Jimmy Fallon's latest late-night extravaganza that recaps the past year through remixes of Broadway hits. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Andrew Rannells and Jimmy Fallon stage 2020: The Musical by remixing Broadway hits," 8 Dec. 2020 The Skirball’s annual holiday extravaganza, complete with candle-lighting, sing-alongs and the Hanukkah story told via a puppetry performance, premieres on YouTube this year starting at 3 p.m. Pacific on Dec. 13. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, "Eight crazy nights: Local Hanukkah activities you can enjoy from afar this year," 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of extravaganza

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for extravaganza

Italian estravaganza, literally, extravagance, from estravagante extravagant, from Medieval Latin extravagant-, extravagans

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The first known use of extravaganza was in 1754

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5 May 2021

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“Extravaganza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravaganza. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of extravaganza

: a very large and exciting show or event

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