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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Highly elaborate; ornate.
  • adj. Richly colored; resplendent.
  • adj. Architecture Of, relating to, or having wavy lines and flamelike forms characteristic of 15th- and 16th-century French Gothic architecture.
  • adj. Given to ostentatious or audacious display. See Synonyms at showy.
  • n. See royal poinciana.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Showy, bold or audacious in behaviour, appearance, etc.
  • adj. Referred to as the final stage of French Gothic architecture from the 14th to the 16th centuries.
  • n. A showy tropical tree, the royal poinciana (Delonix regia)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by waving or flamelike curves, as in the tracery of windows, etc.; -- said of the later (15th century) French Gothic style.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Flaming.
  • Wavy; having a waved outline like that of a flame: said of the blades of certain heavy swords of the middle ages, and of the Malay creese and similar weapons. Also flaming.
  • In architecture: Characterized by wavy, flame-like tracery, as in windows and openwork: an epithet applied to that highly ornate or florid style of French medieval architecture which was contemporary with the English Perpendicular, or to details in this style: as, a flamboyant window.
  • Characterized by irregular and distorted forms or glaring colors.
  • Hence Figuratively, of style, dress, and the like, florid; conspicuous; showy: as, a flamboyant rhetoric.
  • n. A name given in the West Indies to several plants with brilliantly colored flowers, as Cæsalpinia pulcherrima, Poinciana regia, and Erythrina Corallodendron.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. elaborately or excessively ornamented
  • 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
  • adj. marked by ostentation but often tasteless

Etymologies

French, from Old French, present participle of flamboyer, to blaze, from flambe, flame; see flame.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French flamboyant ("flaming, wavy"), participle of flamboyer ("to flame"), from Old French flamboier, from flambe ("flame") (Wiktionary)

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  • The name given to a florid style of late Gothic architecture in vogue in France, Spain and Portugal during the 15th century; the equivalent period in English architecture is called Perpendicular, and in Germany the Sondergotik. It evolved from the Rayonnant style and was marked by even greater attention to decoration. (Wikipedia)

    October 10, 2008