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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for extravaganza


circus, pageant, spectacle, spectacular

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

The annual food and beverage extravaganza has been revamped to be more upscale. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tickets go on sale for Wine & Food Experience in September," 28 June 2018 The Golden Knights’ playoff pregame shows have been a celebration of Vegas showmanship, and their first Final game started with an extravaganza including archers, a trebuchet, and a spectacular light show. Greg Beacham, BostonGlobe.com, "Vegas Golden Knights take 1-0 lead in Stanley Cup Final," 29 May 2018 Following the annual fashion extravaganza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kardashian headed back to her hotel and changed into yet another Versace look for Versace's after-party at the Mark Hotel. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Channels Donatella Versace for the Met Afterparty," 8 May 2018 Then comic-book extravaganzas committed superheroes to saving the galaxy. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Review: A Sequel With Wings," 5 July 2018 THE National Health Service’s 70th birthday is turning into an extravaganza. The Economist, "The three myths of the NHS," 28 June 2018 The Golden Knights' playoff pregame shows have been a celebration of Vegas showmanship, and their first Final game started with an extravaganza that included archers, a trebuchet and a spectacular light show. Fox News, "Vegas Golden Knights score 6 goals to get past Washington Capitals in Stanley Cup Final opener," 29 May 2018 Burning Man has evolved into an arts extravaganza at a temporary tent city created each year in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles north of Reno, Nevada, attracting 70,000 people in 2017. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey in critical condition after ‘massive’ stroke," 10 Apr. 2018 Producing Artistic Director Kandie Carle has whittled the massive, four act extravaganza down to a 30-minute, four character romp. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'extravaganza.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about extravaganza

Share extravaganza

Statistics for extravaganza

Last Updated

24 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for extravaganza

The first known use of extravaganza was in 1754

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for extravaganza



English Language Learners Definition of extravaganza

: a very large and exciting show or event

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on extravaganza

What made you want to look up extravaganza? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an open space surrounded by woods

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!