[ik-strav-uh-gan-zuh] /ɪkˌstræv əˈgæn zə/

a musical or dramatic composition or production, as comic opera or musical comedy, marked by a loose structure, a frivolous theme, and elaborate costuming and staging.
any lavish or opulent show, event, assemblage, etc.:
an extravaganza of new housewares on the twelfth floor.
an elaborately staged and costumed light entertainment
any lavish or fanciful display, literary or other composition, etc

1754, with reference to peculiar behavior, 1794 of a fantastic type of performance or writing, from Italian extravaganza, literally “an extravagance,” from estravagante, from Medieval Latin extravagantem (see extravagant).


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