American English

Definition of extravagance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the act or habit of spending more money than you can afford or than is necessary Such extravagance is shameful when there are people starving in the world.
  2. 2[countable] something that you buy although it costs a lot of money, perhaps more than you can afford or than is necessary Going to the theater is our only extravagance.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] something that is impressive or noticeable because it is unusual or extreme the extravagance of Strauss's music
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: extravagance