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flamboyant1

Syllabification: flam·boy·ant
Pronunciation: /ˌflamˈboi(y)ənt
 
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adjective

1(Of a person or their behavior) tending to attract attention because of their exuberance, confidence, and stylishness: a flamboyant display of aerobatics she is outgoing and flamboyant, continuously talking and joking
More example sentences
  • So tearing my eyes away, I paid attention to what my flamboyant friend was saying.
  • Fitting his flamboyant personality, he led the way with his own choice of costume, a rainbow-coloured cope and mitre, which he had designed and made for the occasion.
  • Whilst the guitarist needs to suffer for his art more and lose the baseball cap, you only notice this because their singer is a flamboyant individual.
Synonyms
exuberant, confident, lively, animated, vibrant, vivacious
1.1(Especially of clothing) noticeable because brightly colored, highly patterned, or unusual in style.
Example sentences
  • These vibrant colours and flamboyant designs distinguished Art Deco from previous artistic styles, along with its respect for Japanese heritage and its contribution to modernism.
  • The atmosphere was electric as they took to the stage in bright glittering and flamboyant costumes.
  • Drag is so colourful, so flamboyant, so sellable - that the complicating factors of class, race, and politics seem like, well, a drag.
Synonyms
colorful, brightly colored, bright, vibrant, vivid;
dazzling, eye-catching, bold;
informal jazzy, flashy
2 Architecture Of or denoting a style of French Gothic architecture marked by wavy flamelike tracery and ornate decoration.
Example sentences
  • To house his accumulation of art and curiosities he bought the hôtel of the abbots of Cluny that had been built in the flamboyant Gothic style around 1500.
  • There are many more examples of this type of flamboyant ironwork tracery sufficient to indicate that the style was rooted in the Low Countries.
  • They rebuilt the old basilica into a grand, very flamboyant Gothic edifice.
Synonyms
elaborate, ornate, fancy;
baroque, rococo

Origin

mid 19th century: from French, literally 'flaming, blazing', present participle of flamboyer, from flambe 'a flame'.

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  • flagrant from (Late Middle English):

    Early senses of flagrant with meanings such as ‘glorious’ and ‘blazing’ were positive. The word comes from the Latin word flagrare ‘to blaze’, as in conflagration (Late Middle English), and is recorded from the late 15th century. Flamboyant (mid 19th century) and flame (Middle English) itself go back to the same root. The Latin original is also found in the phrase in flagrante (delicto) literally ‘in blazing crime’, and usually used to mean that someone has been caught in bed with someone else's partner.

Derivatives

flamboyantly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • He had scruffy dark hair and was dressed flamboyantly, his bright clothes meticulously selected for their colour coordination, if not for their aesthetic appeal.
  • Everyone knows that there are two types of people in the world: those who grew up wanting to be flamboyantly famous rock stars, and those who wanted to be lawyers or doctors.
  • When the credits rolled, we walked out to the lobby and ran into yet another flamboyantly gay couple - hey, it was Steve and Sean!

Words that rhyme with flamboyant

buoyant, clairvoyant

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flamboyant2

Syllabification: flam·boy·ant
Pronunciation: /flamˈboiənt
 
/

noun

Another term for royal poinciana. (see poinciana).
Example sentences
  • They're over now and it seems to be the turn of exotics; bauhinias are out and flamboyants will be flaming across gardens and lighting up streets soon.
  • Hard landscaped except for an array of flamboyants (a local tropical tree with luxurious orange blossom), the courtyard marks the gradual transition between public and private realms.
  • There are several flamboyants to be found around the city.

Origin

late 19th century: probably a noun use of the French adjective flamboyant 'blazing' (see flamboyant1).

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  • flagrant from (Late Middle English):

    Early senses of flagrant with meanings such as ‘glorious’ and ‘blazing’ were positive. The word comes from the Latin word flagrare ‘to blaze’, as in conflagration (Late Middle English), and is recorded from the late 15th century. Flamboyant (mid 19th century) and flame (Middle English) itself go back to the same root. The Latin original is also found in the phrase in flagrante (delicto) literally ‘in blazing crime’, and usually used to mean that someone has been caught in bed with someone else's partner.

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