Definition of extravaganza in US English:



  • An elaborate and spectacular entertainment or production.

    ‘an extravaganza of dance in many forms’
    • ‘This is a spectacular extravaganza of flamenco, theatre, song and live stallions.’
    • ‘In fact, if posterity decides to remember any of these extravaganzas, it will probably be due more to clever packaging and mixing of media than to any innate musical quality.’
    • ‘The play takes the audience back to 1898 through presentations of wild west acts, musical extravaganzas, ridiculous comedy, a touch of burlesque and boxing - all of which actually took place in the Palace Grand Theatre.’
    • ‘This year there are all kinds of marketing events and spectacles and extravaganzas there.’
    • ‘Many dance, theater, and music groups continue to rely on the state, which gives emphasis to large productions and extravaganzas, controls major venues, and often has an agenda for the artists to follow.’
    • ‘The producer of the extravaganza is Lindy Shaw, who says she has been arranging it since Christmas.’
    • ‘It's a extravaganza of fun and entertainment of an unprecedented nature over the three days.’
    • ‘It takes guts to break the perpetual spiral of dinner parties, in which you and your friends continually invite each other round for increasingly elaborate culinary extravaganzas.’
    • ‘An entertainment extravaganza that promises to be bigger and better than ever before kicks off in Trowbridge on Monday.’
    • ‘Patriotic tunes, band standards, choral selections and holiday classics traditionally are featured in four musical extravaganzas by the ensembles at Iowa State.’
    • ‘These extravaganzas feature dance, music and dramas depicting the cultural life of various communities performed by various artistes from all over the country.’
    • ‘Replacing the old revues and girlie extravaganzas, ‘book shows’ now used songs to define character and propel plot.’
    • ‘He continued to dress up, performing in specially commissioned musical extravaganzas, when not sitting for yet another portrait.’
    • ‘The pub's tent would feature a selection of real ales and a special Bingley Show beer produced for the extravaganza.’
    • ‘Visitors enjoyed a musical extravaganza at the first night of ensembles organised by Bolton Music Service.’
    • ‘But the slums are those in India, and the movies are the giddy, over-the-top extravaganzas produced in the busy film capital known as ‘Bollywood.’’
    • ‘Forget gourmet cuisine, decadent drug-soaked clubbing extravaganzas, and entertainment crossroads of the world for a moment.’
    • ‘For a long time, Susan performed her entertaining extravaganzas from the outdated, cramped kitchen/family room in her classic Cape Cod home.’
    • ‘Aerial fireworks produce their luminous extravaganzas through the effective combustion of groups of small pellets, which contain all the ingredients necessary to create a particular effect.’
    • ‘So, I don't look to the Super Bowl to see singing and dancing extravaganzas.’
    spectacular, display, spectacle, exhibition, performance, presentation, show, pageant
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Mid 18th century (in the sense ‘extravagance in language or behavior’): from Italian estravaganza ‘extravagance’. The change was due to association with words beginning with extra-.