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

Definition of extravaganza

1 : a lavish or spectacular show or event
2 : something extravagant
3 : 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 Those who cover the draft and the NFL were generally pleased with what the Lions did in the annual three-day extravaganza. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2022 Interest in the glitzy extravaganza has flagged during the pandemic. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 23 Mar. 2022 The Ellington Farmers Market holiday extravaganza will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. courant.com, 10 Dec. 2021 Note that this savings extravaganza runs through Monday, July 5, but top-selling items will fly off the shelves fast. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 At tonight's fashion extravaganza, the singer, whose full name is Chlöe Bailey, opted for an abstract glittering gold dress from Area. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 May 2022 Mother’s Day Luau, a four-hour extravaganza featuring entertainment and delicious food amid the festivity of a traditional Hawaiian soiree. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 Las Vegas is hosting the TV extravaganza for the first time, with 21 top prospects scheduled to attend. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 For the first time in six years, the black-tie extravaganza that Washington loves and hates features both a big-name comedian and the president. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of extravaganza

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for extravaganza

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

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17 May 2022

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“Extravaganza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravaganza. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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