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extravaganza

[ik-strav-uh-gan-zuh]
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noun
  1. a musical or dramatic composition or production, as comic opera or musical comedy, marked by a loose structure, a frivolous theme, and elaborate costuming and staging.
  2. any lavish or opulent show, event, assemblage, etc.: an extravaganza of new housewares on the twelfth floor.
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Origin of extravaganza

1745–55; alteration of Italian (e)stravaganza extravagance
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  • These stories, in their grotesque severities, have almost the air of an extravaganza.

    Admiral Farragut

    A. T. Mahan

  • That extravaganza, as she is called, is fatal, dogs him with burlesque—of all men!'

  • They all laughed at Jack's extravaganza, which is of a kind to which they are beginning to be accustomed.

    Stories of Invention

    Edward E. Hale

  • When they walked to her house together she spoke most appreciatively of the extravaganza.

    The Barrier

    Allen French

  • It was like the waving of the magic wand in an extravaganza.

    Pirates' Hope

    Francis Lynde


British Dictionary definitions for extravaganza

extravaganza

noun
  1. an elaborately staged and costumed light entertainment
  2. any lavish or fanciful display, literary or other composition, etc
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian: extravagance
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Word Origin and History for extravaganza

n.

1754, with reference to peculiar behavior, 1794 of a fantastic type of performance or writing, from Italian extravaganza, literally "an extravagance," from estravagante, from Medieval Latin extravagantem (see extravagant).

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