Main definitions of flamboyant in English

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flamboyant1

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’
    • ‘She was a seriously flamboyant person, in dress and in sport.’
    • ‘British sculptor, painter, and designer, a flamboyant personality whose flair for self-publicity has helped him become the most famous British artist of his generation.’
    • ‘A flamboyant personality with a personal touch, most that had never even met him felt that they knew him as a friend.’
    • ‘So tearing my eyes away, I paid attention to what my flamboyant friend was saying.’
    • ‘He was this wonderful flamboyant person, very funny, and he had lots of energy.’
    • ‘He's quite flamboyant and I'm the opposite of that.’
    • ‘Lee's flamboyant personality and quick, cool, dry wit are trademarks of this great man of musical theatre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The very popular and flamboyant politician has been leaving everyone in his wake in the competition in recent years and the word is that a major effort will be made to dethrone him this year.’
    • ‘He was flamboyant, selfish and wildly misogynist.’
    • ‘She was embarrassed by what she called my flamboyant behaviour.’
    • ‘The silent ones often seemed to drive the oldest and slowest cars on the road while the more flamboyant drivers were in cars which seemed to mirror their owner's extravagant character.’
    • ‘The other type loud and flamboyant, gregarious and unrestrained, life-loving and vigorous, passionate and strong.’
    • ‘However, the flamboyant politician, who was made deputy president in 1999 and is reportedly in debt, is remembered by colleagues as being careless with money.’
    • ‘Tragically, he died just a few months later in a plane crash and the world of golf lost its most flamboyant personality.’
    • ‘The inmates, mostly flamboyant personalities who lived by their supervillain identities, were stripped of any identity but their prisoner numbers.’
    • ‘The colourful and flamboyant solicitor, famous for his Cuban cigars, quick wit, and genial sense of devilment, attained folk hero status among the showbiz fraternity.’
    • ‘Did the flamboyant personality on television elbow his way into the spotlight, or was he maligned by the newspaper?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes he is wildly flamboyant, sometimes sly and coy.’
    ostentatious, exuberant, confident, lively, buoyant, animated, energetic, vibrant, vivacious, extravagant, theatrical, showy, swashbuckling, dashing, rakish
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    1. 1.1 Bright, colourful, and very noticeable.
      ‘a flamboyant bow tie’
      • ‘Her formula for stimulating warm thoughts of the tropics by applying flamboyant colours to fluid fabrics is paying off.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For day, wide tweed trousers, a crocheted sweater, a poncho and a hat is a great flamboyant look, or a wrap dress and a bright yellow or green tweed coat with blue tights and fabulous shoes.’
      • ‘Indian royal ritual and garments with their glittering gold work and flamboyant colours were adopted by Indonesian ruling princes.’
      • ‘Come dressed in a classy yet flamboyant style, we're after freakish glamour.’
      • ‘One TV campaign features a glamorous woman flaunting flamboyant designer clothes in a subway car.’
      • ‘But behind the flamboyant colours is a serious message.’
      • ‘The piece is larger than life, with flamboyant colours and a constant play of doors opening and closing in front of rich washes of deep lighting hues - lavender, pink and green.’
      • ‘Drag is so colourful, so flamboyant, so sellable - that the complicating factors of class, race, and politics seem like, well, a drag.’
      • ‘The Beating Bowel Cancer charity is asking men to wear loud, flamboyant ties and women to wear weird and wonderful scarves or ties in exchange for making donations.’
      • ‘The festival also promises colourful and flamboyant floral demonstrations.’
      • ‘The staging just about passes muster and it is enlivened by vivid sets and flamboyant costumes.’
      • ‘The atmosphere was electric as they took to the stage in bright glittering and flamboyant costumes.’
      • ‘Numerous local schools and organisations took part in the event with colourful floats and flamboyant outfits.’
      • ‘The garish jackets and flamboyant ties were out in force as more than 2,000 people packed York Minster to celebrate his life.’
      • ‘She is strong and passionate, with endless, beaming smiles and deep laughs, a love of bright colours, and a flamboyant style that includes a passion for eye-raising hats.’
      • ‘He was already beginning to develop an idiosyncratic and flamboyant style of dress.’
      • ‘Famous for his flamboyant style, the baron looked drawn and haggard after two nights in police cells.’
      • ‘The sleeves and gowns balloon out with layers of lace in an overstated and flamboyant style.’
      • ‘The seventeenth-century civil wars are a real treat to do with flamboyant plumes, baggy trousers and lots of colour.’
      colourful, brilliantly coloured, brightly coloured, bright, rich, vibrant, vivid
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  • 2Architecture
    Of or denoting a style of French Gothic architecture marked by wavy flame-like tracery and ornate decoration.

    Compare with rayonnant
    • ‘They rebuilt the old basilica into a grand, very flamboyant Gothic edifice.’
    • ‘There are many more examples of this type of flamboyant ironwork tracery sufficient to indicate that the style was rooted in the Low Countries.’
    • ‘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.’
    elaborate, ornate, fancy
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, literally ‘flaming, blazing’, present participle of flamboyer, from flambe ‘a flame’.

Pronunciation

flamboyant

/flamˈbɔɪənt/

Main definitions of flamboyant in English

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flamboyant2

noun

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

    Also called flame tree
    • ‘Depending on the month of your excursion the yellow poui, the red flamboyant, or the lavender jacaranda trees will be in bloom.’
    • ‘There are several flamboyants to be found around the city.’
    • ‘This is due to a phenomenon known as allelopathy where there are chemicals in the leaves, flowers and stems of the flamboyant which inhibit the growth of other plants.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 19th century: probably a noun use of the French adjective flamboyant ‘blazing’ (see flamboyant).

Pronunciation

flamboyant

/flamˈbɔɪənt/