ex·​trav·​a·​gant | \ ik-ˈstra-vi-gənt How to pronounce extravagant (audio) \

Definition of extravagant

1a : exceeding the limits of reason or necessity extravagant claims
b : lacking in moderation, balance, and restraint extravagant praise
c : extremely or excessively elaborate an extravagant display
2 : extremely or unreasonably high in price an extravagant purchase
3a : spending much more than necessary has always been extravagant with her money
4a archaic : wandering
b obsolete : strange, curious

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Other Words from extravagant

extravagantly adverb

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excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable. excessive punishment immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint. immoderate spending inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment. inordinate pride extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste. extravagant claims for the product exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree. exorbitant prices extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree. extreme shyness

Examples of extravagant in a Sentence

The company has been making extravagant claims about the drug's effectiveness. The film is notable for its extravagant settings and special effects. We're going on a less extravagant vacation this year. Her extravagant spending has to stop.
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Recent Examples on the Web Lester as statesmanly Herbert Lehman, a New York governor effetely railing at the company’s baser instincts, and Godley as extravagant Bobby Lehman, manically dancing to the avaricious tunes of the super-rich. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 The one exception to this parade of vegetal melancholy is Jack LaLanne’s Favorite Salad ($33.95 for two servings), an extravagant dish named for the late local fitness expert. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 Frankie King did not have a extravagant wedding day. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 14 Oct. 2021 In the meantime, fans can take a peek inside their extravagant new space. Tristan Balagtas, PEOPLE.com, 13 Oct. 2021 Regardless, her extravagant lifestyle and her untimely and gruesome ending at the hands of her subjects still resonates today. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 At this stage of the pandemic, extravagant tipping isn't necessary, but tipping on takeout still is good form. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Oct. 2021 There are always extravagant characters and funny situations. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 While other flowers deceive pollinators with gorgeous blossoms, A. microstoma isn't as extravagant. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of extravagant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

History and Etymology for extravagant

Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin extravagant-, extravagans, from Latin extra- + vagant-, vagans, present participle of vagari to wander about, from vagus wandering

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The first known use of extravagant was in the 15th century

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“Extravagant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravagant. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of extravagant

: more than is usual, necessary, or proper
: very fancy
: very expensive and not necessary


ex·​trav·​a·​gant | \ ik-ˈstra-və-gənt How to pronounce extravagant (audio) \

Kids Definition of extravagant

1 : going beyond what is reasonable or suitable extravagant praise
2 : wasteful especially of money

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