flamboyant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flamboyant elaborately or excessively ornamented "flamboyant handwriting","the senator's florid speech"
    • adj flamboyant marked by ostentation but often tasteless "a cheap showy rhinestone bracelet","a splashy half-page ad"
    • n flamboyant showy tropical tree or shrub native to Madagascar; widely planted in tropical regions for its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Flamboyant (Arch) Characterized by waving or flamelike curves, as in the tracery of windows, etc.; -- said of the later (15th century) French Gothic style.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flamboyant Flaming.
    • flamboyant Wavy; having a waved outline like that of a flame: said of the blades of certain heavy swords of the middle ages, and of the Malay creese and similar weapons. Also flaming.
    • flamboyant In architecture: Characterized by wavy, flame-like tracery, as in windows and openwork: an epithet applied to that highly ornate or florid style of French medieval architecture which was contemporary with the English Perpendicular, or to details in this style: as, a flamboyant window. The west fronts of the cathedrals of Rouen, and of St. Wulfran at Abbeville, and portions of that of St. Lô, all in France, are among the most beautiful examples of the style.
    • flamboyant Characterized by irregular and distorted forms or glaring colors.
    • flamboyant Hence Figuratively, of style, dress, and the like, florid; conspicuous; showy: as, a flamboyant rhetoric.
    • n flamboyant A name given in the West Indies to several plants with brilliantly colored flowers, as Cæsalpinia pulcherrima, Poinciana regia, and Erythrina Corallodendron.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Flamboyant flam-boi′ant of the latest style of Gothic architecture which prevailed in France in the 15th and 16th centuries, corresponding to the Perpendicular in England—from the flame-like forms of the tracery of the windows, &c.: of wavy form: gorgeously coloured.
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Quotations

  • Aneurin Bevan
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    “The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. flamboyer, to blaze.

Usage

In literature:

It was flamboyant, to use one of Gautier's favorite words.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
It must not make flamboyant statements.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
A multitude of violent, flamboyant phrases assist to the excitement of fever.
"Personality in Literature" by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
Her eyes were a tawny brown; her hair a flamboyant auburn mop.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
Here, indeed, he merits Gautier's laudatory phrase, and is as "flamboyant" as one could desire.
"Diderot and the Encyclopædists" by John Morley
It is just possible that he finds her responsive to his fondness for the more flamboyant kinds of rhetoric.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Thus he took to himself the air and title of conqueror with as little excuse as a flamboyant general ever had.
"Bones" by Edgar Wallace
The church is finished to the east by a fine Flamboyant Lady Chapel.
"Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine" by Edward A. Freeman
Ancient swords were frequently "flamboyant," or with waved edges; more especially those used for purposes of state.
"Notes and Queries, Number 76, April 12, 1851" by Various
It lay a-dying still, gorgeous in corruption, sober yet flamboyant, rich and poverty-stricken, squalid, magnificent.
"The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia" by William Somerset Maugham
The language had been unusually flamboyant and was becoming worse.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
He had expected some sign of luxury, some flamboyance.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Verschoyle's breeding was the exactly appropriate set off to Sir Henry's flamboyance.
"Mummery" by Gilbert Cannan
Neshevna pushed back her flamboyant gray hair and walked about the room.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
She was flamboyant and daring of speech.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
Minds influential in the Colonial Office and elsewhere saw in this only a flamboyant patriotism.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
Three centre arches, employed in French Flamboyant.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
Here we find a large music hall which before the war was a typical scene of flamboyant Berlin night-life.
"The New Germany" by George Young
Perhaps the humanism in Zen takes a gentler, less flamboyant form.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
It is no case for flamboyant prophecies.
"The African Colony" by John Buchan
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In news:

Flamboyant wrestler known for ' Ooh , yeah'.
Paul McCartney Does Not Act Too Flamboyantly Rich.
After 10 years of the flamboyant rule of President Carlos Saul Menem, Argentines gave a landslide presidential election victory to the unabashedly uncharismatic Mayor of Buenos Aires, Fernando de la Rua, and his center-left Alianza coalition.
Sources say execs at VH1 are trying to reduce the role of Jessica Simpson's flamboyant hair dresser in "The Price of Beauty," which features Simpson, her.
It's been a decade since Patrick Wolf, the always soulful, often flamboyant, singer-songwriter burst onto the music scene.
Flamboyant fashion designer Richie Rich debuted two new collections in a tent on 10th Street and Ocean Drive, but getting there was half the fun.
He is famous as the flamboyant wrestler Hulk Hogan.
Flamboyant BBC TV host, who died in 2011, accused of being a prolific child abuser .
Pakistan welcomes back a flamboyant Japanese hero of the ring.
Ben Tracy reports on some of the flamboyant options offered by today's funeral directors.
Hector "Macho" Camacho, known for his flamboyant style during his career, is fighting for his life in a Puerto Rico hospital after being shot Tuesday.
Flamboyant chefs will put on shows, blending cooking with entertainment for crowds gathered around teppan grills.
Wearing his hair with a signature curl in the front, Camacho's flamboyant showmanship often overshadowed his boxing skills.
Writer-director Bruce Leddy answers the open letter to Hollywood published in the previous issue by THR from accused Internet pirate Kim Dotcom , the flamboyant founder of Megaupload.
Thousands of spectators flocked to witness the 2012 DC Drag Queen Race, where costumed drag queens showed off their flamboyant dresses and proved high heels can be built for speed.
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