The pretentious or showy display of wealth and luxury, designed to impress: the office was spacious, but without any trace of ostentation
More 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.
showiness, show, showing off, ostentatiousness; pretentiousness, pretension, vulgarity, conspicuousness, obtrusiveness, display, flamboyance, gaudiness, garishness, tinsel, brashness, loudness, extravagance, ornateness, theatricality, kitschness, affectation, bad taste, tastelessness, self-advertisement, exhibitionism, flaunting
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin ostentatio(n-), from the verb ostentare, frequentative of ostendere 'stretch out to view'.