Definition of extravagance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈstrævəɡəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstrævəɡəns//
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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. the sheer extravagance of buying such expensive clothes
  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 theatre 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
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from medieval Latin extravagant- ‘diverging greatly’, from the verb extravagari, from Latin extra- ‘outside’ + vagari ‘wander’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: extravagance