Definition of ostentatious in English:

ostentatious

adjective

  • Characterized by pretentious or showy display; designed to impress.

    ‘a simple design that is glamorous without being ostentatious’
    • ‘His way of life may seem a bit ostentatious, but his energy and enthusiasm is infectious, and there is nothing snobbish or affected about him.’
    • ‘Hey you - people in love, do you have to be so ostentatious about it?’
    • ‘He was always smartly dressed but not in an ostentatious way.’
    • ‘The family are keen attenders at St Agnes Catholic Church, and Papa's piety is effortful and ostentatious.’
    • ‘Civilised behaviour is the key to appearing middle class, so don't binge drink, never swear and don't do anything ostentatious.’
    • ‘The book was needlessly massive and it came in a choice of eight ostentatious satin covers.’
    • ‘Bernard rides around the town in an ostentatious sports car and behaves like a cowardly bully.’
    • ‘She doesn't own a fleet of ostentatious cars or a portfolio of grand homes.’
    • ‘While we do not insist on you taking to the streets on a bicycle, we do encourage a less ostentatious lifestyle.’
    • ‘She wears an ostentatious diamond ring and a pearl the size of a marble.’
    • ‘It's gaudy, it's ostentatious, and it's exactly what one would expect from a rock star that thinks he's God.’
    • ‘Buying an island seems the pinnacle of ostentatious extravagance.’
    • ‘But there are few cases of ostentatious opulence amid the poverty.’
    • ‘London at the time was a curious mixture of ostentatious wealth hiding harrowing poverty.’
    • ‘He was a generous but not ostentatious philanthropist; his private and family life was wholly conventional.’
    • ‘Hat designer Tracy Rose, 42, renowned for her ostentatious hats on Ladies' Day, was also attired in a weather theme.’
    • ‘Instead, they show us a suite that would, perhaps, have been a little too ostentatious for a spiritual leader.’
    • ‘They contribute generously to village and family enterprises and avoid ostentatious displays of affluence.’
    • ‘For those who spend down their wealth on a lavish and ostentatious lifestyle, there is no tax.’
    • ‘There's no easy remedy, especially when ostentatious teen role models portray money as no object.’
    showy, pretentious, conspicuous, obtrusive, flamboyant, gaudy, garish, tinsel, tinselly, brash, vulgar, loud, extravagant, fancy, ornate, affected, theatrical, actorly, overdone, over-elaborate, kitsch, tasteless
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Pronunciation

ostentatious

/ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃəs/