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.
showy display, as of wealth or knowledge; pretentiousness
Origin of ostentationMiddle English ostentacioun ; from Classical Latin ostentatio ; from ostentare ; from ostendere: see ostensible
- Pretentious display meant to impress others; pretentious showiness.
- Archaic The act or an instance of showing; an exhibition.
Origin of ostentationMiddle English ostentacioun, from Old French ostentacion, from Latin ostentati&omacron;, ostentati&omacron;n-, from ostentare, frequentative of ostendere, to show; see ostensible.
(usually uncountable, plural ostentations)
- Ambitious display; vain show; display intended to excite admiration or applause.