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

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Taking a second run at the splashy theme-show extravaganza, the Met Breuer has greater success. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Finally, the extravaganza will kick off with a reception full of food and activities at 5 p.m., a concert at 6 p.m. and the fireworks display at 9 p.m. 4. Emily Bloch, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fireworks and game nights highlight July 4 festivities," 27 June 2018 The worldwide extravaganza paid tribute to Delta’s past uniforms and ushered in a brand new wardrobe that easily transcends time. Tarah-lynn Saint-elien, Teen Vogue, "Zac Posen Talks Career Advice and Designing Uniforms for Delta," 12 June 2018 Now Ithaca’s annual Porchfest has grown into a six-hour extravaganza featuring 180 acts as varied as string bands, opera singers, hip-hop groups, and Indonesian gamelan ensembles. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 As the male lead, director, co-screenwriter, and co-songwriter on some of the movie's songs, Cooper is likely taking home a large amount of money for what can only be described as an Oscar-winning musical extravaganza. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper's Net Worth Will Make Your Jaw Drop," 31 Mar. 2019 Many sequences are cleverly conceived and handsomely staged, with sweet animated characters, as before—a bathtub fantasy, above and below bath water; an extravaganza set in a Royal Doulton world—yet explosions of spontaneity are few and far between. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Review: Hard Medicine to Swallow," 20 Dec. 2018 Last year was so much of an extravaganza: the silhouettes, the volumes, the branding. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "’90s-Era Prada Nylon, Investment Blazers, and the Blanket You Share With Your Bed: What We Bought in 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show was filmed yesterday, which means the VS Angels and models gathered in NYC this year's installment of the runway extravaganza. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Instagrams from the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 9 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of extravaganza

: a very large and exciting show or event

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