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flamboyant

noun

adjective

  1. (ostentatious)  marked by ostentation but often tasteless
    Synonyms: showy, splashy. Similar to: ostentatious
  2. (fancy)  elaborately or excessively ornamented
    Synonyms: aureate, florid. Similar to: fancy

Etymology summary

first used of a 15th century-16th century architectural style with flame-like...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Flamboyant

the name given to a florid style of late Gothic architecture in vogue in France from about 1350 until superseded by Renaissance architecture during the early 16th century, and mainly used in describing French buildings. The term is sometimes used of... (41 of 594 words, 4 images)

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Flamboyant (disambiguation)

a style of Gothic architecture. Flamboyant may also refer to: Flamboyant, the common English name of Delonix regia, an ornamental tree | "Flamboyant" (song), a 2004 song by the Pet Shop Boys | "Flamboyant" (Big L song), a song by Big L from The Big ... (43 of 128 words, 8 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Flamboyant (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

flamboyant | royal poinciana [sense-specific] | florid [synonym, sense-specific] | resplendent [synonym, sense-specific] | showy [synonym, sense-specific] | flamboyance [derived] | flamboyancy [noun, derived]

elaborate or extravagant; florid; showy | rich or brilliant in colour; resplendent | exuberant or ostentatious | of, denoting, or relating to the ... (20 of 514 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flamboyant

Merriam-Webster:

royal poinciana | flamboyant | peacock flower | Delonix regia [species] | Poinciana regia [synonym, species]

a showy Madagascan tree widely planted for its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers (15 of 40 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/royal poinciana

flamboyant [entry 1, adjective] | Flamboyant [sense-specific] | arresting [synonym, sense-specific] | bodacious [synonym, sense-specific] | bold [synonym, sense-specific] | brilliant [synonym, sense-specific] | catchy [synonym, sense-specific] | commanding [synonym, sense-specific] | conspicuous [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"flamboyant" or "Flamboyant": characterized by waving curves suggesting flames | marked by or given to strikingly elaborate or colorful display or ... (20 of 302 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/flamboyant

Wiktionary:

flamboyant | flamboyants [plural] | Delonix regia [species, sense-specific]

Showy, bold or audacious in behaviour, appearance, etc. | [architecture] Referred to as the final stage of French Gothic architecture from the 14th to the 16th centuries. | A showy tropical tree, the royal poinciana (33 of 111 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/flamboyant

Oxford Dictionary:

flamboyant [entry 1] | flamboyance [derived] | flamboyancy [derived] | flamboyantly [derived]

(of a person or their behaviour) tending to attract attention because of their exuberance, confidence, and stylishness | bright, colourful, and very ... (21 of 101 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flamboyant

flamboyant [entry 2] | Delonix regia [species] | Leguminosae [family, member of]

a Madagascan tree with bright red flowers and leaves composed of numerous leaflets, planted as a street tree in the tropics (21 of 68 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flamboyant--2

Random House Dictionary:

flamboyant | royal poinciana [sense-specific]

strikingly bold or brilliant; showy. | conspicuously dashing and colorful. | florid; ornate; elaborately styled. | [architecture] ; having the form of ... (19 of 89 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/flamboyant

American Heritage Dictionary:

flamboyant | flamboyance [noun, related] | flamboyancy [noun, related] | flamboyantly [adverb, related]

Highly elaborate; ornate. | Richly colored; resplendent. | [architecture] Of, relating to, or having wavy lines and flamelike forms characteristic of ... (19 of 64 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flamboyant

New World Dictionary:

flamboyant | flamboyance [related] | flamboyantly [adverb, related]

designating or of a kind of architecture, as late French Gothic, characterized by flamelike tracery of windows and florid decoration | flamelike or ... (22 of 57 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flamboyant

Cambridge Dictionary:

flamboyant | flamboyance [noun, derived] | flamboyantly [adverb, derived]

very confident in behaviour, or intended to be noticed, especially by being brightly coloured (14 of 51 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/flamboyant

Macmillan British Dictionary:

flamboyant | flamboyance [noun, uncountable, related] | flamboyantly [adverb, related]

behaving or dressing in a way that deliberately attracts attention | brightly coloured or decorated (14 of 43 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/flamboyant

Encarta Dictionary:

flamboyant | flamboyants [plural]

showy and dashing in a self-satisfied way | brightly colored and striking | elaborate or richly decorated | unrestrained by prevailing standards of ... (20 of 96 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861611957​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

flamboyant

First use: 1832

Origin: first used of a 15th century-16th century architectural style with flame-like curves, from French flamboyant "flaming, wavy", present ... (19 of 48 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=flamboyant

Wiktionary:

flamboyant | flamboyants [plural]

Origin: French flamboyant ("flaming, wavy"), participle of flamboyer ("to flame"), from Old French flamboier, from flambe ("flame")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/flamboyant

American Heritage Dictionary:

flamboyant

Origin: French, from Old French, present participle of flamboyer, to blaze, from flambe, flame; see "flame".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flamboyant

New World Dictionary:

flamboyant

Origin: French, present participle of Old French flamboyer from flambe: see "flame"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flamboyant

Collins Dictionary:

flamboyant

First use: 19th century

Origin: from French: flaming, from flamboyer to flame

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flamboyant

Oxford Dictionary:

flamboyant [entry 1]

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: French, literally "flaming, blazing", present participle of flamboyer, from flambe "a flame"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flamboyant

flamboyant [entry 2]

First use: late 19th century

Origin: probably a noun use of the French adjective flamboyant "blazing" (see "flamboyant1")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flamboyant--2

Merriam-Webster:

flamboyant [entry 1, adjective] | Flamboyant [sense-specific]

First use: 1832

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

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/flamboyant

Encarta Dictionary:

flamboyant | flamboyants [plural]

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: French, present participle of flamboyer "blaze" from flambe "flame" from Latin flamma "flame"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861611957​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

flamboyant | flamboyants [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

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Cambridge Dictionary:

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

flamboyant

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

flamboyant

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

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YourDictionary Audio:

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