Definitions for ostentationˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -tən-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

os•ten•ta•tionˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -tən-(n.)

  1. pretentious or conspicuous display intended to impress others.

  2. Archaic. the act of showing or displaying.

Origin of ostentation:

1425–75; late ME < MF < L ostentātiō, der. of ostentā(re) to display, freq. of ostendere to present, display

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ostentation, fanfare, flash(noun)

    a gaudy outward display

  2. ostentation, ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness, pretentiousness, puffiness, splashiness, inflation(noun)

    lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity

  3. ostentation(noun)

    pretentious or showy or vulgar display


  1. ostentation(Noun)

    Ambitious display; vain show; display intended to excite admiration or applause.

  2. ostentation(Noun)

    A show or spectacle.

  3. Origin: Originated 1425–75 from late ostentacioun, from ostentation, from ostentatio, equivalent to ostentātus (past participle of ostentāre, to display or exhibit), frequentative of ostendere (to present, display) + -ion.

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