from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. appearance; air; mien
  • n. manifestation; token; portent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Appearance; air; mien.
  • n. Manifestation; token; portent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To show; make a display of; flourish.
  • n. The act of showing, or an act which shows; hence, manifestation; indication; display; profession.
  • n. Aspect; air; manner; mien.
  • n. That which is pointed out as strange or alarming; a sign; portent; wonder; prodigy.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin ostentus, ostentum, from ostendere (past participle ostensus and ostentus) to show. See ostensible.



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  • n., a sign or wonder, a portent (From Latin word meaning 'something shown;' see also: ostentiferous)

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