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flam·​boy·​ant flam-ˈbȯi-ənt How to pronounce flamboyant (audio)
: marked by or given to strikingly elaborate or colorful display or behavior
a flamboyant performer
often capitalized : characterized by waving curves suggesting flames
flamboyant tracery
flamboyant architecture
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
Whether simple or flamboyant, the shirts are meant to appeal to everyone. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, 6 June 2024 But flamboyant car owner Andy Granatelli had another idea. Mike Kupper, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024 Rutherford was paired with flamboyant teammate Peter Revson — heir to the Revlon cosmetics fortune — at IMS in 1973. John Sturbin, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 May 2024 The interiors are inspired by Hollywood Regency style, with an unapologetically glamorous and eccentric array of furnishings and art that’s reminiscent of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s flamboyant personal style. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for flamboyant 

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Word History


Adjective and Noun

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

First Known Use


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flamboyant was in 1832


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“Flamboyant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamboyant. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: tending to make a striking display : showy
flamboyantly adverb

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