Definition of ostentation
- She dresses stylishly without ostentation.
- an aesthetic preference for function over ostentation
- —Wendell Garrett
- their ostentation of new wealth and their prodigality with it
- —Mark Sullivan
The actress avoids ostentation. She owns a small house and drives an inexpensive car.
He writes simply and clearly and without ostentation.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: an unnecessary display of wealth, knowledge, etc., that is done to attract attention, admiration, or envy
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