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[flam-boi-uh nt] /flæmˈbɔɪ ənt/
strikingly bold or brilliant; showy:
flamboyant colors.
conspicuously dashing and colorful:
the flamboyant idol of international society.
florid; ornate; elaborately styled:
flamboyant speeches.
  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.
Origin of flamboyant
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 Unabridged
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  • His patio features exotic furnishings, flamboyant plants, and the colors of a lush lagoon.
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  • Your work was scholarly and extensive, and my flamboyant criticism was undeserved.
  • One was to combine an intense sense of realism with flamboyant brushwork-which gives his work a highly personal quality.
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  • He is a flamboyant drunk, and famous for designing his own wild apparel.
  • In those books genius is intertwined with flamboyant eccentricity and iconoclasm.
British Dictionary definitions for flamboyant


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
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 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.

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