Definition of flamboyance in US English:



  • 1The tendency to attract attention because of one's exuberance, confidence, and stylishness.

    ‘he had a reputation for flair and flamboyance’
    ‘critics dismiss his flamboyance and excess as indulgent’
    • ‘The book, for all its linguistic flamboyance, is a difficult read.’
    • ‘It's astonishingly courageous the way he turns heads in crowds by his language, style, and flamboyance.’
    • ‘His music has beauty and flamboyance, a luxuriousness in its sounds.’
    • ‘His flamboyance earned him a lengthy profile in The New Yorker.’
    • ‘Inevitably it dwelled on his flamboyance—the polished riding boots, whip, and pearl-handled revolvers—at the expense of the expertise and flair he brought to warfare.’
    • ‘He leavens the show's political urgency with big doses of humor as well as a theatrical flamboyance that undercuts the pathos and the politics.’
    • ‘He employed his distinct blend of charm, flamboyance, insubordination, and contemptuous manipulation on politicians, the media, and superior officers to get his way.’
    • ‘'Fun' is a word much associated with him, yet for all the flamboyance and jocularity, you sense he is not into fame for a laugh.’
    • ‘The musketeers romantically portrayed by Dumas in the 19th century reflected the flamboyance and panache expected of them and their kind.’
    • ‘For all their nastiness, the characters have an unashamed flamboyance that is hard to resist.’
    1. 1.1 The quality of being bright, colorful, and very noticeable.
      ‘the stunning tones give the show a lot of visual flamboyance’
      • ‘It is difficult to imagine, when we admire these austere white or red walls, the flamboyance of the treasures they protect.’
      • ‘What's more, it's ballet chosen for the rigor and intensity of the choreography, not the flamboyance of the spectacle.’
      • ‘The formal gardens she commissioned exceeded her father's in flamboyance.’
      • ‘The set design ranges from colorful flamboyance to austere solemnity.’
      • ‘Industrial design is, by convention, not a discipline given to flamboyance.’
      • ‘Each is a period evocation, a study of a bygone performance style, full of peculiar details of very precise flamboyance.’
      • ‘Despite their flamboyance, camellias are quite easy to grow.’
      • ‘The font was inspired by the Baroque style, which was noted for its symmetry and flamboyance.’
      • ‘Soft sounds of crashing waves and passing cars were piped into the room, creating a melancholy soundscape that contrasted with the exhibition's visual flamboyance.’
      • ‘Some of the early rhododendrons are currently in full flamenco flamboyance, but the rare blue ones are still to show their best colors.’