flamboyant

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English[edit]

Flamboyant costumes worn during the Carnival period in Brazil

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French flamboyant(flaming, wavy), participle of flamboyer(to flame), from Old French flamboier, from flambe(flame).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

flamboyant ‎(comparative more flamboyant, superlative most flamboyant)

  1. Showy, bold or audacious in behaviour, appearance, etc.
    • 1902, G. K. Chesterton, The Optimism of Byron, in Twelve Types,
      When we see some of the monstrous and flamboyant blossoms that enrich the equatorial woods, we do not feel that they are conflagrations of nature; silent explosions of her frightful energy. We simply find it hard to believe that they are not wax flowers grown under a glass case.
    • 1920, Frederic Taber Cooper, The Craftsmanship of Writing, Chapter VI: The Question of Clearness,
      But a scorn of flamboyant neckties and checkerboard trousers is no excuse for going to the opposite extreme of a blue flannel shirt and overalls; [] .
    • 1962 May 12, Douglas MacArthur, Duty, honor, country,
      The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase.
  2. (architecture) Referring to the final stage of French Gothic architecture from the 14th to the 16th centuries.

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Noun[edit]

flamboyant ‎(plural flamboyants)

  1. The royal poinciana (Delonix regia), a showy tropical tree.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 45
      The schooners moored to the quay are trim and neat, the little town along the bay is white and urbane, and the flamboyants, scarlet against the blue sky, flaunt their colour like a cry of passion.

Translations[edit]


Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French flamboyant(flaming, wavy), present participle of flamboyer(to flame, blaze).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /flamborjant/, [flɑmb̥oɐ̯ˈjanˀd̥] or IPA(key): /flamboajant/, [flɑmb̥oɑˈjanˀd̥]

Adjective[edit]

flamboyant

  1. flamboyant, magnificent, opulent

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of flamboyant
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular flamboyant 2
Neuter singular flamboyant 2
Plural flamboyante 2
Definite attributive1 flamboyante
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

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French[edit]

Verb[edit]

flamboyant

  1. present participle of flamboyer

Adjective[edit]

flamboyant m ‎(feminine singular flamboyante, masculine plural flamboyants, feminine plural flamboyantes)

  1. flaming
  2. flamboyant

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