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flamboyant

[flam-boi-uh nt] /flæmˈbɔɪ ənt/
adjective
1.
strikingly bold or brilliant; showy:
flamboyant colors.
2.
conspicuously dashing and colorful:
the flamboyant idol of international society.
3.
florid; ornate; elaborately styled:
flamboyant speeches.
4.
Architecture.
  1. having the form of an ogee, as a bar of tracery.
  2. 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.
noun
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < French, present participle of flamboyer to flame, flair, derivative of Old French flambe flame; see -ant
Related forms
flamboyance, flamboyancy, noun
flamboyantly, adverb
unflamboyant, adjective
unflamboyantly, adverb
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Examples for flamboyance
  • It offers the performer a sense of authenticity and often has a gratuitous flamboyance.
  • Under all the veneers of flamboyance is someone of impeccable integrity.
  • Both combine mathematical genius with personal flamboyance.
  • Some people get a little taken aback by her flamboyance.
  • It had none of the showmanship or egocentric flamboyance that later would-be imitators often exhibit.
  • The dandy's strategy is to combine daring with tact, flamboyance with distance.
  • What she lacked in expertise in architectural design and construction, she compensated for in flamboyance and general bad taste.
  • But this one has playful flamboyance and a dark verve that older children should appreciate.
British Dictionary definitions for flamboyance

flamboyant

/flæmˈbɔɪənt/
adjective
1.
elaborate or extravagant; florid; showy
2.
rich or brilliant in colour; resplendent
3.
exuberant or ostentatious
4.
of, denoting, or relating to the French Gothic style of architecture characterized by flamelike tracery and elaborate carving
noun
5.
another name for royal poinciana
Derived Forms
flamboyance, flamboyancy, noun
flamboyantly, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from French: flaming, from flamboyer to flame
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Word Origin and History for flamboyance
flamboyant
1832, first used of a 15c.-16c. architectural style with flame-like curves, from Fr. flamboyant "flaming, wavy," prp. of flamboyer "to flame," from O.Fr. flamboier, from flambe "flame." Extended sense of "showy, ornate" is 1879.
flamboyance
1891, from flamboyant + -ance.
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