from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An elaborate, spectacular entertainment or display: "Washington is an extravaganza of great buildings, greenery, and monuments” ( Larry Griffin).
  • n. Music A composition marked by freedom and diversity of form, often with burlesque elements and satirical or parodic intent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An event or display (dramatic, musical, etc.) of fantastic or chaotic behaviour or conduct.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A composition, as in music, or in the drama, designed to produce effect by its wild irregularity; esp., a musical caricature.
  • n. An extravagant flight of sentiment or language.
  • n. a lavish or spectacular show or event, or presentation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something out of rule, as in music, the drama, etc.; a composition characterized by extravagant, fantastic, or capricious qualities, as “Hudibras” or “Bombastes Furioso”; a burlesque.
  • n. An extravagant flight of feeling or language.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment


Italian estravaganza, extravagance, from estravagante, extravagant, from Medieval Latin extrāvagāns, extrāvagant-, present participle of extrāvagārī, to wander; see extravagant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Italian (e)stravaganza by similarity to extravagant (Wiktionary)



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