plural -s
: a significant sign : portent
the night waxed wan, as though with an awed sense of such ostentThomas Hardy
: the act of showing or displaying : appearance, manifestation
be merry and employ your chiefest thoughts to courtship and such fair ostents of loveShakespeare
: excessive display : ostentation sense 1 a
the city of glorious ostent and vanityChristopher Morley

Word History


in sense 1, from Latin ostentum, from neuter of ostentus, past participle of ostendere to show; in other senses, from Latin ostentus, noun, from ostentus, past participle of ostendere to show

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“Ostent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ostent. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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