flamboyant

Flamboyant means elaborate and ostentatious. When you think of flamboyant, think of Las Vegas showgirls: feathers, sequins, three-inch heels, enough make-up to disguise any irregularity.

Flamboyant means showy, and though we often roll our eyes at it, it's not a hateful thing. Liberace was flamboyant. So was Elvis. The word comes from the French flamboyer, to flame. Think of passion and pageantry all rolled into one, and you'll have a good idea what flamboyant should mean at its best. If that doesn't do it for you, think of a man playing a shiny white grand piano at a rock concert, wearing a white satin jump suit and 8-foot wide, fully-feathered wings. See? Flamboyant.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: flamboyant

1
adj
marked by ostentation but often tasteless
2
n
showy tropical tree or shrub native to Madagascar; widely planted in tropical regions for its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: flamboyant
1

adj marked by ostentation but often tasteless

Synonyms:
showy, splashy
ostentatious, pretentious
intended to attract notice and impress others

adj elaborately or excessively ornamented

flamboyant handwriting”
Synonyms:
aureate, florid
fancy
not plain; decorative or ornamented
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n showy tropical tree or shrub native to Madagascar; widely planted in tropical regions for its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana

Synonyms:
Delonix regia, Poinciana regia, flame tree, peacock flower, royal poinciana
Type of:
angiospermous tree, flowering tree
any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
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