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Definition of flamboyant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of flamboyant (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from flamboyant


flamboyantly adverb

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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. And of course, 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While Gilded Age fashion was known for sumptuous and luxe fabrics, ornate details and heavily structured, relatively modest silhouettes, many a celebrity treated the occasion as simply a night to dress in their most flamboyant finery. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 In the finished painting, David transformed this flamboyant and cluttered composition into an elegant portrayal of the wealthy tax collector and chemist at work, assisted by his devoted spouse. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2022 Gould noted that Kim’s uncharacteristically flamboyant shirt — eerily reminiscent of one of Saul’s iconic suits — was meant to complement the darker tone of the scene. Kai Grady, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 In stark contrast to Frusciante’s muted outfit, the characteristically flamboyant Flea wore a tie-dyed purple and blue suit, yellow t-shirt, and colorful sneakers. Pamela Chelin, SPIN, 1 Apr. 2022 Bootsy Collins -- a Parliament-Funkadelic veteran, space-age bassist and flamboyant bandleader -- will serve as the master of ceremonies. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 15 Apr. 2022 In all that the script, by Eggers and mono-named Icelandic screenwriter Sjón (Lamb), serves mostly as bare scaffolding for the film's ravishing vistas and flamboyant violence, neither profound nor particularly important. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 15 Apr. 2022 The spectral presence of the hotel’s founder, the late John Eberhardt, is seen in a portrait photo that has been set on fire, a flamboyant rendering of the past going up in smoke. Jack Parlett, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2022 As the genre achieved new success, country musicians dressed in ever-more-flamboyant outfits. Amanda Petrusich, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of flamboyant


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 2


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamboyant. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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flam·​boy·​ant | \ flam-ˈbȯi-ənt How to pronounce flamboyant (audio) \

Kids Definition of flamboyant

: having a noticeable or showy quality

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