flamboyant

[flam-boi-uhnt]
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.
a.
having the form of an ogee, as a bar of tracery.
b.
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:
1825–35; < French, present participle of flamboyer to flame, flair, derivative of Old French flambe flame; see -ant

flamboyance, flamboyancy, noun
flamboyantly, adverb
unflamboyant, adjective
unflamboyantly, adverb
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flamboyant (flæmˈbɔɪənt)
 
adj
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
 
n
5.  another name for royal poinciana
 
[C19: from French: flaming, from flamboyer to flame]
 
flam'boyance
 
n
 
flam'boyancy
 
n
 
flam'boyantly
 
adv

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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.
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Example sentences
His patio features exotic furnishings, flamboyant plants, and the colors of a
  lush lagoon.
Big, flamboyant fragrant flower clusters on branch tips in spring.
These and even far less flagrant or flamboyant tricks of virtuosity have gone
  quite out of fashion.
Your work was scholarly and extensive, and my flamboyant criticism was
  undeserved.
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