- The definition of extravagant is being excessive or overdone.
- An example of extravagant used as an adjective is the phrase an extravagant purchase which means something expensive that was bought for no reason.
- An example of extravagant is a plate of 15 pancakes for two people.
extravagant definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete straying beyond bounds; wandering
- going beyond reasonable limits; excessive or unrestrained: extravagant demands
- too ornate or showy: extravagant designs
- costing or spending too much; wasteful
Origin: Middle English and amp; Anglo-French extravagaunt ; from Midieval Latin extravagans, present participle of extravagari, to stray ; from Classical Latin extra, beyond plush vagari, to wander ; from vagus: see vague
- extravagantly adverb
extravagant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Given to lavish or imprudent expenditure: extravagant members of the imperial court.
- Exceeding reasonable bounds: extravagant demands. See Synonyms at excessive.
- Extremely abundant; profuse: extravagant vegetation.
- Unreasonably high; exorbitant: extravagant fees.
- Archaic Straying beyond limits or bounds; wandering.
Origin: Middle English, unusual, rambling, from Old French, from Medieval Latin extrāvagāns, extrāvagant-, present participle of extrāvagārī, to wander : Latin extrā, outside; see extra- + Latin vagārī, to wander.
- ex·travˈa·gant·ly adverb