ex·​trav·​a·​gan·​za ik-ˌstra-və-ˈgan-zə How to pronounce extravaganza (audio)
: a lavish or spectacular show or event
: something extravagant
: a literary or musical work marked by extreme freedom of style and structure and usually by elements of burlesque or parody

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 Following suit this year are a handful of festivals, sound baths, and other musical events, including an Arkansas indie extravaganza in Hot Springs National Park, an interstellar rave in rural Texas, and a Vampire Weekend show in Austin with complimentary eclipse glasses. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 5 Apr. 2024 Water Sports: Ski, Sail, or Fly Through the Waves Embark on a water sports extravaganza in Florida, where the options are as endless as the sunshine. Jp Shaffer, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 Then in 2020, Saturday Night Live spent more than eight minutes mocking the airport in a musical extravaganza, calling out birds in the terminal, non-working electrical outlets, and shoddy baggage handling. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Mar. 2024 Southeast Asia fans dig deep to see Swift The Eras Tour is a multi-continent extravaganza that surged to become the highest-grossing tour of all time – and Swift is making Singapore a lot of money. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 5 Mar. 2024 As for when the Davidson/Jost ferry extravaganza will finally set sail — well, that’s unsurprisingly unclear, and there’s a lot more work to do. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 25 Mar. 2024 The day after the Super Bowl typically brings with it another kind of celebration: Nielsen’s annual announcement of the size of the audience for the NFL extravaganza. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 21 Mar. 2024 But there’s a third facet to television’s biggest extravaganza: the coveted Super Bowl halftime show. Staff Author, EW.com, 10 Feb. 2024 Amid the mean mugs and the constant humiliation, the housewife plots her way inside Palm Beach’s inner circle on a quest to host the end-of-season Beach Ball, Norma’s annual extravaganza. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of extravaganza was in 1754

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“Extravaganza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravaganza. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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ex·​trav·​a·​gan·​za ik-ˌstrav-ə-ˈgan-zə How to pronounce extravaganza (audio)
: a spectacular show

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