flamboyant

adjective
flam·​boy·​ant | \ flam-ˈbȯi-ənt \

Definition of flamboyant

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1 : marked by or given to strikingly elaborate or colorful display or behavior a flamboyant performer
2 often capitalized : characterized by waving curves suggesting flames flamboyant tracery flamboyant architecture

flamboyant

noun

Definition of flamboyant (Entry 2 of 2)

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flamboyantly adverb

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Adjective

Flamboyant, which was borrowed into English from French in the 19th century, can be traced back to Old French flambe, meaning "flame." In its earliest uses flamboyant referred to a style of architecture, often in the florid French Gothic style, which featured waving curves that suggested flames. Eventually, the word developed a more general second sense for anything eye-catching or showy. As you have no doubt guessed, Old French flambe is also the origin of the English adjective flambé.

Examples of flamboyant in a Sentence

Adjective

Crazy artists, or flamboyant ones, can be strangely comforting. We feel we understand where their visions come from; we're lulled by the symmetry of turbulent art and turbulent lives. — Stephen Schiff, New Yorker, 28 Dec. 1992–4 Jan. 1993 Equally flamboyant is the group's singer, Andy Bell, who prances around the stage dressed at various times like an astronaut, a space creature or a Mexican senorita. — Jim Farber, Video Review, August 1990 … he was living in the flamboyant, urbane manner he craved, in an apartment that suited his Balzacian fantasies of success … — Raymond Sokolov, Wayward Reporter, 1980 the flamboyant gestures of the conductor has a gallery of flamboyant gestures that makes him easy to imitate
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On the show, Natalia, 37, has wowed judges with her glittering costumes and flamboyant character, recently winning two out of three challenges in a single week. NBC News, "Thai drag queens hope new TV show brings LGBTQ acceptance," 26 Mar. 2018 In 1978 that explosive creativity was curtailed by the death of the flamboyant but troubled Moon, age just 32, from an overdose of prescription pills. Tony Fletcher, WSJ, "‘Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite’ Review: The Hardest-Working Man in Rock," 14 Dec. 2018 Akà Prodiàshvili, a 23-year-old rising fashion star, presented a riotously colorful and flamboyant collection that put drag’s arrival to Georgia into focus. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "In Georgia, One Young Designer Is Bringing Drag to the Runway," 12 Nov. 2018 Houses compete to produce the most eye-catching, inventive and flamboyant show invitations delivered often by gas-guzzling courier to each guest’s personal or professional address with little thought to ecology. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018 Richard Simmons Simmons earned popularity for his flamboyant and enthusiastic persona in promoting weight loss both through video programs and his own gym, but his recent and sudden slide into the shadows has been of particular intrigue. Fox News, "8 stars who vanished from the public eye," 27 July 2018 Therefore the entire outfit is ridiculous and flamboyant—and, of course, uncomfortable. Fawnia Soo Hoo, Glamour, "Why You Should Be Paying Attention to the Costumes in All Those Holiday Movies," 7 Dec. 2018 Key among them: Bob Mackie, the fabulously flamboyant designer who solidified Cher’s image as a fashion darling with his shamelessly outlandish creations. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Kimye, Adam Rippon, Tina Fey, and More Came Out for The Cher Show’s Opening Night," 4 Dec. 2018 Anything too colorful or too flamboyant is perceived as lesser-than. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Didn't Need A Star Is Born to Be Taken Seriously," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of flamboyant

Adjective

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flamboyant

Adjective and Noun

French, from present participle of flamboyer to flame, from Old French, from flambe

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flamboyant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of flamboyant

: having a very noticeable quality that attracts a lot of attention

flamboyant

adjective
flam·​boy·​ant | \ flam-ˈbȯi-ənt \

Kids Definition of flamboyant

: having a noticeable or showy quality

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