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

  • adj. Characterized by or given to ostentation; pretentious. See Synonyms at showy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


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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