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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Synonyms for extravaganza


circus, pageant, spectacle, spectacular

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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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The other is this weekend’s art extravaganza in downtown Berkley. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Artist with special needs brightens up Berkley with chalk drawings," 12 July 2018 The finale fireworks extravaganza with soundtrack was designed just for the village. April Orcutt, latimes.com, "Here's where you'll find maximum fun for your Fourth of July celebrations," 17 June 2018 The announcement came about two months after the organizer, Billy McFarland, pleaded guilty to defrauding investors and vendors of the festival, marketed as a music extravaganza in the Bahamas. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "Fyre Festival Organizer Sold Fake Tickets While Out on Bail, U.S. Says," 12 June 2018 One day out from this year's NFL extravaganza in Arlington, Texas, the Saints will be hoping to strike it rich again, albeit at No. Clyde Verdin, NOLA.com, "Could another draft-day steal be in the cards for the Saints?," 25 Apr. 2018 Trey Carskadon, the irrepressible marketing manager for the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show at the Portland Expo Center, only had time to come up with 66 reasons for attending Oregon's premier outdoor extravaganza. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show is a strong attraction for many reasons," 9 Feb. 2018 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

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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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