flamboyant (adj.)

1832, originally in reference to a 15c.-16c. architectural style with wavy, flame-like curves, from French flamboyant "flaming, wavy," present participle of flamboyer "to flame," from Old French flamboiier "to flame, flare, blaze, glow, shine" (12c.), from flambe "a flame, flame of love," from flamble, variant of flamme, from Latin flammula "little flame," diminutive of flamma "flame, blazing fire" (from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn"). Extended sense of "showy, ornate" is from 1879. Related: Flamboyantly.

updated on October 14, 2017

Definitions of flamboyant from WordNet
flamboyant (adj.)
marked by ostentation but often tasteless;
Synonyms: showy / splashy
flamboyant (adj.)
elaborately or excessively ornamented;
flamboyant handwriting
Synonyms: aureate / florid
flamboyant (n.)
showy tropical tree or shrub native to Madagascar; widely planted in tropical regions for its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana;
Synonyms: royal poinciana / flame tree / peacock flower / Delonix regia / Poinciana regia
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