- strikingly bold or brilliant; showy: flamboyant colors.
- conspicuously dashing and colorful: the flamboyant idol of international society.
- florid; ornate; elaborately styled: flamboyant speeches.
- having the form of an ogee, as a bar of tracery.
- noting or pertaining to French Gothic architecture of the late 15th and early and middle 16th centuries, characterized by the use of flamboyant tracery, intricacy of detailing, virtuosity of workmanship, attenuation of parts, and frequent complication of interior space.
Origin of flamboyant
Related Words for flamboyanceparade, show, pretension, spectacle, affectation, array, demonstration, splurge, swank, boasting, flash, exhibition, vainglory, swagger, braggadocio, pomp, fuss, bravado, pomposity, magnificence
Examples from the Web for flamboyance
Contemporary Examples of flamboyance
What their characters lack in flamboyance the writers make up for in the raw power of their stories.Book Bag: Gritty Stories From the Real Montana
Carrie La Seur
October 2, 2014
When he is at his best, Owens cuts sensual garments that do not rely on flamboyance or exhibitionism to evoke sex appeal.Paris Fall 2012 Fashion Week: Are Designers Bashing Women?
March 2, 2012
Julien had trouble competing in the flamboyance category with his occasional air show mate, Bessie Coleman.Red Tails Overlooks the Story of America’s First Black Pilots
January 16, 2012
He learned to live with and love her for her flamboyance, and her human frailties.A Fabulous First Lady
July 9, 2011
What it did do, however, was remind everyone what fashion was before it became thick with theatricality and flamboyance.Galliano Erased at Christian Dior
March 7, 2011
Historical Examples of flamboyance
There was none of this flamboyance about the Widow Boursier.She Stands Accused
They have a passion for commonplace, and in moments of emotion they fly with unerring instinct into the flamboyance of melodrama.'The Explorer
W. Somerset Maugham
He allowed Master Sean a certain amount of flamboyance; good sorcerers were hard to come by.The Eyes Have It
Gordon Randall Garrett
The beauty of others was vulgarized by the flamboyance of some irrelevant detail, such as hair.The Divine Fire
- elaborate or extravagant; florid; showy
- rich or brilliant in colour; resplendent
- exuberant or ostentatious
- of, denoting, or relating to the French Gothic style of architecture characterized by flamelike tracery and elaborate carving
- another name for royal poinciana
Word Origin for flamboyant
1832, first used of a 15c.-16c. architectural style with flame-like curves, from French flamboyant "flaming, wavy," present participle of flamboyer "to flame," from Old French flamboier (12c.), from flambe "flame," from flamble, variant of flamme, from Latin flammula (see flame (n.)). Extended sense of "showy, ornate" is 1879. Related: Flamboyantly.