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

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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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This week’s second Democratic presidential debate will be another two-night extravaganza like the first, on Tuesday and Wednesday in Detroit. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Where the Democratic race stands before the second debate," 31 July 2019 Rodriguez’s celebration came just days after Lopez’s 50th birthday extravaganza at Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s sprawling estate on Star Island, Miami. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez Sneaks on to ESPN Set to Surprise A-Rod with Birthday Cake," 29 July 2019 There was plenty of good news for fans of all ages from this year’s Comic-Con extravaganza in San Diego. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Marvel’s Diverse Universe: raceAhead," 22 July 2019 The upcoming World Cup is a global event in every sense of the term; if there is skepticism around the makeup of certain world championship competitions, then this summer's extravaganza of netball cannot be tainted with the same brush. Nick Friend, CNN, "Tracey Neville: 'I'd like us to get to the point where it's called sport and not women's sport,' says netball coach," 10 July 2019 That plan was scrapped after reports put the cost of the military extravaganza at a whopping $92 million — over three times the maximum initial White House estimate. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Tanks, flyovers and fireworks: What to know about Trump's July 4th extravaganza," 2 July 2019 At Luisiaviaroma and Carine Roitfeld’s Florence fashion extravaganza last night at the Piazzale Michelangelo Mugler’s revival continued with Bella Hadid taking to the runway in a key look from his Fall 1995 Couture show. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Meets Her Match in Vintage Mugler," 14 June 2019 After a weekend wedding extravaganza at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, the bride and groom were spotted leaving the Indian state of Rajasthan after the celebrations. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Make Their First Post-Wedding Appearance," 3 Dec. 2018 Paintings from both shows will be part of a Tintoretto extravaganza at the National Gallery of Art in Washington from next March. John Hooper, WSJ, "Splendor on the Canals: Tintoretto on View in Venice," 31 Aug. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of extravaganza

: a very large and exciting show or event

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