Definition of ostentation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌästənˈtāSHən/


Pretentious and vulgar display, especially of wealth and luxury, intended to impress or attract notice: the office was spacious, but without any trace of ostentation
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  • He was totally without ostentation or pretension and totally disinterested in wealth, honours or managerial power.
  • After all, ostentation and luxury do not translate into a truly modern city.
  • By the beginning of the twentieth century the representative symbols of luxury and ostentation had come full circle.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin ostentatio(n-), from the verb ostentare, frequentative of ostendere 'stretch out to view'.

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Syllabification: os·ten·ta·tion

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