ex·​trav·​a·​gan·​za | \ik-ˌstra-və-ˈgan-zə \

Definition of extravaganza 

1 : a literary or musical work marked by extreme freedom of style and structure and usually by elements of burlesque or parody

2 : a lavish or spectacular show or event

3 : something extravagant

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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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Usually reserved for the upper crust of beer drinkers, Amazon's lead-in to its epic Prime Day discount extravaganza is discounting this 64oz growler for just $135, down from $170. Popular Mechanics Shop Team, Popular Mechanics, "Drink in Style With These Discounted Growlers," 12 July 2018 Then as now, the outdoor extravaganza was subject to the vagaries of the weather. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Things have been exploding over D.C. for decades — but not always on the 4th," 3 July 2018 The match, which ended after midnight Eastern, closed an enjoyable but long WWE extravaganza that included some stellar matches and very few duds. Jay Reddick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "WrestleMania 34 recap: Lesnar beats Reigns; Rousey, Styles win," 9 Apr. 2018 The brand created an unbelievable three-part spring break extravaganza for fans to party, PINK style, in three different locations across the country. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Go Inside Victoria's Secret PINK's Epic Spring Break Pool Party," 12 Mar. 2018 With only one mushy banana, a cup or so of Bob's Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, and a bag of chocolate chips on hand, an all-out baking extravaganza wasn't looking too promising. Southern Living, "This Forgotten Kitchen Tool Is Even Better Than Your Go-To Sheet Pan," 8 Mar. 2018 This year’s one-night-only extravaganza, Broadway Bares: Game Night, raised $1,875,090 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS (BC/EFA). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Kirstin Maldonado Had 'The Best Time Ever' at 'Broadway Bares: Game Night,' Helped Raise $1.87 Million for Charity," 20 June 2018 The length and depth of the U.S.-French relationship will be spotlighted during the visit, an extravaganza of activities clearly designed to match Trump’s reception in Paris last summer. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, "As Macron arrives to meet Trump, fate of Iran nuclear deal is front and center," 22 Apr. 2018 And don’t forget the boat shows, home and garden extravaganzas and the Shrine Circus featuring the Amazing Sylvia on horseback. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "Let's expand the Fort Worth Convention Center — we're leaving money on the table," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of extravaganza

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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