from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Given to lavish or imprudent expenditure: extravagant members of the imperial court.
- adj. Exceeding reasonable bounds: extravagant demands. See Synonyms at excessive.
- adj. Extremely abundant; profuse: extravagant vegetation.
- adj. Unreasonably high; exorbitant: extravagant fees.
- adj. Archaic Straying beyond limits or bounds; wandering.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. exceeding the bounds of something
- adj. extreme
- adj. exorbitant
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Wandering beyond one's bounds; roving; hence, foreign.
- adj. Exceeding due bounds; wild; excessive; unrestrained.
- adj. Profuse in expenditure; prodigal; wasteful.
- n. One who is confined to no general rule.
- n. Certain constitutions or decretal epistles, not at first included with others, but subsequently made a part of the canon law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wandering beyond bounds or out of the regular course; straying.
- Exceeding just or reasonable limits; excessive; exorbitant; unreasonable; lavish: as, the demands or desires of men are often extravagant; extravagant living or expenditure.
- Not comprised within ordinary limits of truth, probability, or propriety; irregular; wild; fantastic: as, extravagant flights of fancy.
- Exceeding necessity or prudence in expenditure; wasteful; prodigal; profuse: as, an extravagant purchase; an extravagant man.
- Synonyms and Inordinate, exorbitant, unconscionable, absurd.
- Extravagant, Profuse, Lavish, Wasteful, Prodigal, reckless. Extravagant and prodigal refer more often to habits or character, the others to acts. All apply to that which is immoderate or unreasonable in quantity or degree; wasteful to that which is injuriously so. One may be extravagant or wasteful with a small sum; it requires a large sum to enable one to be profuse, lavish, or prodigal. Lavish is stronger than profuse. Prodigal, perhaps from association with the prodigal son of Luke xv. 11-32, suggests most of immorality and reprobation. All these words have lighter figurative uses.
- n. One who wanders about; a vagrant; a vagabond.
- n. One who is confined to no general rule; an eccentric.
- n. plural A part of the body of canon law: as, the Extravagants of John XXII. and the Extravagantes communes of other popes: so called because they treated of matters not in the decretals (extra decretum vagabantur).
- n. A collection of Jewish traditions, published at the end of the second century.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. recklessly wasteful
- adj. unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings
Middle English, unusual, rambling, from Old French, from Medieval Latin extrāvagāns, extrāvagant-, present participle of extrāvagārī, to wander : Latin extrā, outside; see extra- + Latin vagārī, to wander.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French and French extravagant, from Medieval Latin extravagans, past participle of extravagari ("to wander beyond"), from Latin extra ("beyond") + vagari ("to wander, stray"). (Wiktionary)