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Examples of flamboyant in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of flamboyant from the Web
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Considered one of the greatest boxing legends of all-time, Ali was famous in and out of the ring for his strength, power, speed, stamina, flamboyant personality and global presence.
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Five years have passed since the flamboyant Dotcom's indictment and arrest in New Zealand on US criminal copyright infringement charges.
As a player, Ellis was equal parts ferocious and flamboyant.
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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
First Known Use: 1832See Words from the same year
FLAMBOYANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flamboyant for English Language Learners
: having a very noticeable quality that attracts a lot of attention
FLAMBOYANT Defined for Kids
Definition of flamboyant for Students
: having a noticeable or showy quality
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