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

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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On Friday, thousands of people were still practicing their parts in the Sunday extravaganza. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "AP Explains: What to expect at N.Korea 70th anniversary gala," 7 Sep. 2018 The San Francisco fireworks extravaganza at Candlestick was nearly canceled in 1978. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Six decades of SF Fourth of July photos, from fireworks to fog-outs," 4 July 2018 For Chopra’s wedding extravaganza to Nick Jonas last year, Turner completed all of her bridal party duties, joining Chopra every step of the way from the bachelorette party in Amsterdam to the big blowout ceremony in Jodphur, India. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner Do Girls-Night-Out Style Two Ways in L.A.," 23 Jan. 2019 Earlier in December, Kim Kardashian West admitted that there probably wouldn’t be a new card from the Kardashian-Jenner gang, after last year’s advent extravaganza put momager Kris Jenner off for life. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloe Kardashian Confirms There IS a Kardashian Christmas Card Coming This Year," 24 Dec. 2018 The freebies also included multiple information packets for the couple's wedding extravaganza. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Wedding Goodies Include "Oh Sh*t Kits"," 30 Nov. 2018 And as much as Obama had charisma that stretched far beyond American borders, that never translated into votes for big athletic extravaganzas. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Give Trump credit for USA getting the World Cup," 13 June 2018 Vaughn was one of 300 Chicago Public Schools students who spent Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field for a chess extravaganza — chess arts and crafts, 10 stations of chess lessons and, the piece de resistance, the Chess Lady. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Heroes don't always wear capes — sometimes they play chess (and wear a tiara)," 11 June 2018 Recently, our favorite beverage was marked down from $1.95 to one dollar, nearly a two-for-one extravaganza. Adam Snitzer, miamiherald, "Marketers: Beware the perils of in-store promotions," 3 June 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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