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extravaganza

[ik-strav-uh-gan-zuh] /ɪkˌstræv əˈgæn zə/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any lavish or opulent show, event, assemblage, etc.:
an extravaganza of new housewares on the twelfth floor.
Origin of extravaganza
1745-1755
1745-55; alteration of Italian (e)stravaganza extravagance
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British Dictionary definitions for extravaganza

extravaganza

/ɪkˌstrævəˈɡænzə/
noun
1.
an elaborately staged and costumed light entertainment
2.
any lavish or fanciful display, literary or other composition, etc
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: extravagance
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Word Origin and History for extravaganza
n.

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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