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[ik-strav-uh-gan-zuh] /ɪkˌstræv əˈgæn zə/
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.
any lavish or opulent show, event, assemblage, etc.:
an extravaganza of new housewares on the twelfth floor.
Origin of extravaganza
1745-55; alteration of Italian (e)stravaganza extravagance Unabridged
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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
  • It was the bizarre curtain scene of what I had called an extravaganza.

    The Firefly Of France Marion Polk Angellotti
British Dictionary definitions for extravaganza


an elaborately staged and costumed light entertainment
any lavish or fanciful display, literary or other composition, etc
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: extravagance
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Word Origin and History for extravaganza

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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