- Pretentious and vulgar display, especially of wealth and luxury, intended to impress or attract notice: the office was spacious, but without any trace of ostentationMore example sentences
- 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'.