- 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
Examples from the Web for extravaganza
He kicked off his stateside appearances with the Arabian Nights Extravaganza XXVII at the Paris Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas.Gaza to Jersey: A Star is Born
November 25, 2013
The three-day extravaganza, which kicked off Thursday morning, has no power to pass laws or set agendas.CPAC Defiant in Obama Era
March 14, 2013
Other than the man accepting the nomination, he will be the unquestioned star of the extravaganza.Clinton Seizing Spotlight, Again
July 30, 2012
And this two-minute extravaganza is expresses exactly how Pawlenty would like to be seen.Tim Pawlenty's Obstacle Course
March 23, 2011
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!'The Amazing Marriage, Complete
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
It was like the waving of the magic wand in an extravaganza.Pirates' Hope
- an elaborately staged and costumed light entertainment
- any lavish or fanciful display, literary or other composition, etc
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).