extravaganza

[ik-strav-uh-gan-zuh]
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:
1745–55; alteration of Italian (e)stravaganza extravagance

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extravaganza (ɪkˌstrævəˈɡænzə)
 
n
1.  an elaborately staged and costumed light entertainment
2.  any lavish or fanciful display, literary or other composition, etc
 
[C18: from Italian: extravagance]

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extravaganza
1754, with reference to peculiar behavior, 1794 of a fantastic type of performance or writing, from It. extravaganza, lit. an extravagance (see extravagant).
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extravaganza

a literary or musical work marked by extreme freedom of style and structure and usually by elements of burlesque or parody, such as Samuel Butler's Hudibras. The term extravaganza may also refer to an elaborate and spectacular theatrical production. The term once specifically referred to a type of 19th-century English drama made popular by J.R. Planche, a British playwright and antiquary who wrote fanciful portrayals of fairy tales and other poetic subjects based on similar French productions. Planche's productions included dancing and music and influenced such later writers as W.S. Gilbert

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