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[ik-strav-uh-guh nt] /ɪkˈstræv ə gənt/
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin extrāvagant- (stem of extrāvagāns), present participle of extrāvagārī, equivalent to extrā- extra- + vagārī to wander
Related forms
extravagantly, adverb
extravagantness, noun
overextravagant, adjective
overextravagantly, adverb
unextravagant, adjective
unextravagantly, adverb
1. imprudent, spendthrift, prodigal. 2. immoderate, excessive, inordinate. 3. unreasonable, unrestrained, fantastic, wild, absurd, preposterous.
1. prudent, thrifty. 2. moderate. 3. reasonable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for extravagant
  • But on the couple's wedding day, which opens the book, the extravagant nuptials are suddenly canceled.
  • Football coaches do not have extravagant golden parachutes; their performance evaluations are very public.
  • Sinatra is an extravagant man, but friends sometimes find his generosity nerve-racking.
  • If you're feeling more extravagant, corn bread is also good with chicken soup.
  • The bouquets, too, are getting more extravagant.
  • It is an extravagant device, not to be widely recommended for fear of the arbitrary and of an easy presumption.
  • His old mistress has blabbed about his extravagant tastes.
  • Don't get me wrong -- we're not getting rich by any means and we don't have extravagant tastes.
  • Her extravagant oddity proved expensive and carried with it an inevitable obsolescence.
  • His wages are modest, the building trades go up and down, and-in all honesty-his tastes in motorcycles are a bit extravagant.
British Dictionary definitions for extravagant


spending money excessively or immoderately
going beyond usual bounds; unrestrained: extravagant praise
ostentatious; showy
exorbitant in price; overpriced
Derived Forms
extravagantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin extravagāns, from Latin extra- + vagārī to wander
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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