from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by or given to ostentation. synonym: showy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Making public display.
  • Characterized by ostentation; making display or vain show from vanity or pride.
  • Showy; gaudy; intended for vain display: as, ostentatious ornaments.
  • Synonyms Dashing, flaunting. See ostentation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Fond of, or evincing, ostentation; unduly conspicuous; pretentious; boastful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of ostentation.
  • adjective Intended to attract notice.
  • adjective Of tawdry display; kitsch.

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

  • adjective intended to attract notice and impress others
  • adjective (of a display) tawdry or vulgar


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Originated 1650–60; ostentation+-ious.


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  • Helen used this word in the movie version of "All Creatures Great And Small" when she was talking about the hotel James had taken her to for dinner.

    June 13, 2012