AskDefine | Define ostentatious

Dictionary Definition

ostentatious adj
1 intended to attract notice and impress others; "an ostentatious sable coat" [syn: pretentious] [ant: unostentatious]
2 of a display that is tawdry or vulgar [syn: pretentious, kitsch]

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English

Etymology

Originated 1650–60; ostentation+-ious.

Pronunciation

Rhymes: -eɪʃəs

Adjective

  1. of ostentation.
  2. intended to attract notice.
  3. of tawdry display; kitsch.

Derived terms

Translations

of ostentation

References

  • American Heritage 2000
  • Dictionary.com
  • WordNet 2003

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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