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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Presented by French Market Coffee, the epicurean extravaganza runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with general admission tickets available for $5 (children 12 and under are free with a paying adult) either in advance online or at the gate. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The 4th Annual Beignet Fest Returns to New Orleans This October 5th," 15 Aug. 2019 The four-day extravaganza includes a costume contest, the chance to try out new games, live music and more. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "13 cool, cute and downright interesting things you can buy at Gen Con 2019," 2 Aug. 2019 That was left up to CNN, which is producing the Detroit extravaganza. Los Angeles Times, "What time is the July Democratic presidential debate this week and who will be on stage?," 29 July 2019 The extravaganza takes its name from one of DC’s most iconic comic book stories, Crisis on Infinite Earths, written by Marv Wolfman with pencils by George Pérez. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Everything we know about the Arrowverse's 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' crossover so far," 26 July 2019 The extravaganza finishes with a larger-than-life, three-channel video presentation recapping live scenes from past competitions — music, dancers and Broadway-level backdrops included. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Outrageous costumes steal the show at this fashion-centric summer art exhibit," 23 July 2019 But another big category of items that goes on sale during the 48-hour summer extravaganza is small appliances. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Stellar deals on small kitchen appliances during Prime Day," 15 July 2019 The tennis shoes are usually priced at $64.95, meaning select sizes are up to 35% off as part of the Amazon Prime Day deal extravaganza. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kate Middleton's Favorite Superga Sneakers Are Only $42 Today," 15 July 2019 Workers in Shakopee, Minnesota, which is about 25 miles southwest of Minneapolis, are striking for six hours and holding an afternoon rally outside Amazon’s warehouse on Monday, the first day of Amazon’s two-day Prime discount extravaganza. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Amazon workers are celebrating Prime Day with a protest," 15 July 2019

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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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The first known use of extravaganza was in 1754

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English Language Learners Definition of extravaganza

: a very large and exciting show or event

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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