Definition of flamboyant
- a flamboyant performer
- flamboyant tracery
- flamboyant architecture
the flamboyant gestures of the conductor
has a gallery of flamboyant gestures that makes him easy to imitate
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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.
First Known Use: 1832See Words from the same year
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