flamboyant

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

Definition of flamboyant

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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

flamboyant

noun

Definition of flamboyant (Entry 2 of 2)

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flamboyantly adverb

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Adjective

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.

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Houses compete to produce the most eye-catching, inventive and flamboyant show invitations delivered often by gas-guzzling courier to each guest’s personal or professional address with little thought for ecology. Washington Post, "Dior brings art to Paris fashion for sculpted men’s show," 21 June 2019 The opening of the Golden State Warriors’ Chase Center next week will mark the flamboyant and unexpected finale of a 40-year exercise in city-building, San Francisco style. San Francisco Chronicle, "of the Golden State Warriors’ Chase Center next week will mark the flamboyant and unexpected finale of a 40-year exercise in city-building, San Francisco style.," 5 Jan. 2016 Boisterous and flamboyant wrestlers with names such as Estrella Galactica and Edgrin Stone prowled the ring Sunday at Traders Village San Antonio, delivering blows and body slams to the delight of children and adults in the audience. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Crowds mesmerized by family-friendly wrestling matches at Traders Village San Antonio," 1 Sep. 2019 Courtesy of Turner Broadcasting, Inc. Through its flamboyant and ornate costumes, the show has created a distinct aesthetic recognizable as rooted in the real world and yet still all its own. Cate Young, Vox, "Claws is a love letter to the proud, strip mall–fabulous American woman," 2 Aug. 2019 There would be no flamboyant or ingenious shortcuts. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The surprising benefit of being bored at work," 1 July 2019 On the social media platform, The Truth Hurts rapper flaunts her bootylicious body, flamboyant makeup, and fly hairstyles and her newest ‘do is sure to inspire. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "We Can't Stop Staring At Lizzo's New Hair," 17 Sep. 2019 Victoria Behr’s original flamboyant costumes didn’t quite pop on this stage. Los Angeles Times, "Review: For an embattled L.A. Opera, a ‘La Bohème’ that points the way forward," 15 Sep. 2019 Napoli will be without flamboyant winger Lorenzo Insigne, as well as Arkadiusz Milik, after both picked up minor injuries. SI.com, "Napoli vs Liverpool Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of flamboyant

Adjective

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

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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The first known use of flamboyant was in 1832

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flamboyant

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English Language Learners Definition of flamboyant

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

flamboyant

adjective
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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