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flamboyant

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

Definition of flamboyant

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

flamboyantly

adverb

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Examples of flamboyant in a Sentence

  1. 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 SchiffNew Yorker28 Dec. 1992–4 Jan. 1993
  2. 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 FarberVideo ReviewAugust 1990
  3. … he was living in the flamboyant, urbane manner he craved, in an apartment that suited his Balzacian fantasies of success … —Raymond SokolovWayward Reporter1980
  4. the flamboyant gestures of the conductor

  5. has a gallery of flamboyant gestures that makes him easy to imitate

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of flamboyant

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


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flamboyant

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noun flam·boy·ant \ flam-ˈbȯi-ənt \

Definition of flamboyant

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Origin and Etymology of flamboyant

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FLAMBOYANT Defined for English Language Learners

flamboyant

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Definition of flamboyant for English Language Learners

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


FLAMBOYANT Defined for Kids

flamboyant

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

Definition of flamboyant for Students

:having a noticeable or showy quality

flamboyantly

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