- spending much more than is necessary or wise; wasteful: an extravagant shopper.
- excessively high: extravagant expenses; extravagant prices.
- exceeding the bounds of reason, as actions, demands, opinions, or passions.
- going beyond what is deserved or justifiable: extravagant praise.
- Obsolete. wandering beyond bounds.
Origin of extravagant
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Examples from the Web for extravagant
At first glance, it might be tempting to interpret this extravagant level of compensation as a victory for the once-humble intern.Silicon Valley Interns Make a Service Worker’s Yearly Salary In Three Months
November 25, 2014
Costumes worn by each reinvented persona act—in all their extravagant glory—serve as the anchors for the exhibit.The Making—and Remaking—of David Bowie
September 23, 2014
After 11 years at the e-commerce brand, CEO Mark Sebba got an extravagant global-wide send off as he plans to retire.Martha Stewart Poses for Terry Richardson; Net-a-Porter CEO Gets Epic Send Off
The Fashion Beast Team
July 31, 2014
Expect rhinestone realness from pop's current queen of all things shiny, girly, and extravagant.The Top 10 Summer Concert Tours
The Daily Beast
June 9, 2014
The openings have gone from simplistic to extravagant, featuring funny monologues, dance numbers, and lots of celebrities.Watch the Best Oscar Openers
March 2, 2014
As to this, extravagant pretensions have sometimes been advanced.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Manifestations of extravagant thirst, which water could not satisfy.
The Inca indulges in extravagant expressions of love for his daughter.Apu Ollantay
It is foolish and extravagant of me to want a second story when there are just the two of us.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
The vegetation was extravagant in its luxuriance and splendor.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- spending money excessively or immoderately
- going beyond usual bounds; unrestrainedextravagant praise
- ostentatious; showy
- exorbitant in price; overpriced
Word Origin and History for extravagant
late 14c., from Medieval Latin extravagantem, originally a word in Canon Law for uncodified papal decrees, present participle of extravagari "wander outside or beyond," from Latin extra "outside of" (see extra-) + vagari "wander, roam" (see vague). Extended sense of "excessive, extreme" first recorded 1590s; that of "wasteful, lavish" 1711. Related: Extravagantly.