- Ostentation is an overdone, pretentious, vulgar or tacky display of wealth or knowledge.
An example of ostentation is a solid gold toilet seat with diamond-studded flusher.
ostentation definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English ostentacioun ; from Classical Latin ostentatio ; from ostentare ; from ostendere: see ostensible
ostentation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Pretentious display meant to impress others; boastful showiness.
- Archaic The act or an instance of showing; an exhibition.
Origin: Middle English ostentacioun, from Old French ostentacion, from Latin ostentātiō, ostentātiōn-, from ostentāre, frequentative of ostendere, to show; see ostensible.