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.

Definitions of flamboyant
  1. adjective
    marked by ostentation but often tasteless
    synonyms: showy, splashy
    ostentatious, pretentious
    intended to attract notice and impress others
  2. adjective
    elaborately or excessively ornamented
    flamboyant handwriting”
    synonyms: aureate, florid
    fancy
    not plain; decorative or ornamented
  3. noun
    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
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    type of:
    angiospermous tree, flowering tree
    any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
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