There are 2 definitions of flamboyant in English:

flamboyant1

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Pronunciation: /flamˈbɔɪənt
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of a person or their behaviour) tending to attract attention because of their exuberance, confidence, and stylishness: the band’s flamboyant lead singer
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    • 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
    ostentatious, exuberant, confident, lively, buoyant, animated, energetic, vibrant, vivacious, extravagant, theatrical, showy, swashbuckling, dashing, rakish
  • 1.1Bright, colourful, and very noticeable: a flamboyant bow tie
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    • 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
    colourful, brilliantly coloured, brightly coloured, bright, rich, vibrant, vivid; exciting, dazzling, eye-catching, bold, splendid, resplendent, glamorous; showy, gaudy, garish, lurid, loud, flashy, brash, ostentatious
    informal jazzy
    dated gay
  • 2 Architecture Of or denoting a style of French Gothic architecture marked by wavy flame-like tracery and ornate decoration. Compare with rayonnant.
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    • 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.
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Derivatives

flamboyance

noun
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  • Brian, however, seemed less affected by the man's emotionally extravagant flamboyance.
  • Though bereft of flamboyance, it was exhilarating.
  • If he's smart, he's taking that feeling and channelling it back into the character of the son who can never live up to his mother's flamboyance.

flamboyancy

noun
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  • He admits, ‘My style has two extremes - I like simplicity and flamboyancy.’
  • As well as being one of Ireland's biggest property developers, he is also one of the more colourful, with a flamboyancy which borders on eccentricity.
  • The video shop's sign uses a typeface that looks like handwriting - it is all fancy, like a big person has written it in a spurt of flamboyancy.

flamboyantly

adverb
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  • 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!

Origin

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

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There are 2 definitions of flamboyant in English:

flamboyant2

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Pronunciation: /flamˈbɔɪənt
 
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noun

  • A Madagascan tree with bright red flowers and leaves composed of numerous leaflets, planted as a street tree in the tropics.
    • Delonix regia, family Leguminosae
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    • 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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