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
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Related Words for extravaganza

pageant, spectacular, caricature, parody, display, show, divertissement

Examples from the Web for extravaganza

Contemporary Examples of extravaganza

  • He kicked off his stateside appearances with the Arabian Nights Extravaganza XXVII at the Paris Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas.

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    Gaza to Jersey: A Star is Born

    Maysoon Zayid

    November 25, 2013

  • The three-day extravaganza, which kicked off Thursday morning, has no power to pass laws or set agendas.

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    CPAC Defiant in Obama Era

    Howard Kurtz

    March 14, 2013

  • Other than the man accepting the nomination, he will be the unquestioned star of the extravaganza.

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    Clinton Seizing Spotlight, Again

    Howard Kurtz

    July 30, 2012

  • And this two-minute extravaganza is expresses exactly how Pawlenty would like to be seen.

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    Tim Pawlenty's Obstacle Course

    John Avlon

    March 23, 2011

Historical Examples of extravaganza

  • 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.

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    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



an elaborately staged and costumed light entertainment
any lavish or fanciful display, literary or other composition, etc

Word Origin for extravaganza

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).

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