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Definition of "ostentatious" []

  • Characterized by or given to ostentation; pretentious. See Synonyms at showy. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ostentatious" in a sentence
  • "After all, Swanson had practically invented the word ostentatious."
  • "A dance performed in ostentatious costumes, usually representing characters from the Robin Hood tradition such as Maid Marian and Friar Tuck."
  • "His long, stricken pause when she asks him to come up with another word for "ostentatious" is as funny as his fumbling answers: "Delicious?"