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flæmˈbɔɪ əntflam·boy·ant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. royal poinciana, flamboyant, flame tree, peacock flower, Delonix regia, Poinciana regiaadjective

    showy tropical tree or shrub native to Madagascar; widely planted in tropical regions for its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana

  2. flamboyant, showy, splashyadjective

    marked by ostentation but often tasteless

    "a cheap showy rhinestone bracelet"; "a splashy half-page ad"

  3. aureate, florid, flamboyantadjective

    elaborately or excessively ornamented

    "flamboyant handwriting"; "the senator's florid speech"


  1. flamboyantnoun

    A showy tropical tree, the royal poinciana (Delonix regia)

  2. flamboyantadjective

    Showy, bold or audacious in behaviour, appearance, etc.

  3. flamboyantadjective

    Referred to as the final stage of French Gothic architecture from the 14th to the 16th centuries.

  4. Etymology: From flamboyant, participle of flamboyer, from flamboier, from flambe


  1. Flamboyant

    Flamboyant (from French: flamboyant, lit. 'flaming') is a form of late Gothic architecture that developed in Europe in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, from around 1375 to the mid-16th century. It is characterized by double curves forming flame-like shapes in the bar-tracery, which give the style its name; by the multiplication of ornamental ribs in the vaults; and by the use of the arch in accolade. Ribs in Flamboyant tracery are recognizable by their flowing forms, which are influenced by the earlier curvilinear tracery of the Second Gothic (or Second Pointed) styles. Very tall and narrow pointed arches and gables, particularly double-curved ogee arches, are common in buildings of the Flamboyant style. In most regions of Europe, Late Gothic styles like Flamboyant replaced the earlier Rayonnant style and other early variations.The style was particularly popular in Continental Europe. In the 15th and 16th centuries, architects and masons in the Kingdom of France, the Crown of Castile, the Duchy of Milan, and Central Europe exchanged expertise through theoretical texts, architectural drawings, and travel, and spread the use of Flamboyant ornament and design across Europe.


  1. flamboyant

    Flamboyant refers to a style, behavior, or manner of doing things that is striking, showy, bold, colorful, or extravagant, often in order to attract attention. It can also refer to a person who behaves in this way. Additionally, in architecture, it can refer to a style of late Gothic architecture with intricate, wavy decorations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flamboyantadjective

    characterized by waving or flamelike curves, as in the tracery of windows, etc.; -- said of the later (15th century) French Gothic style

  2. Etymology: [F.]


  1. Flamboyant

    Flamboyant is the name given to a florid style of late Gothic architecture in vogue in France from about 1350 until superseded by Renaissance architecture during the early 16th century, and mainly used in describing French buildings. The term is sometimes used of the early period of English Gothic architecture usually called the Decorated Style; the historian Edward Augustus Freeman proposed this in a work of 1851. A version of the style spread to Spain and Portugal during the 15th century. It evolved from the Rayonnant style and the English Decorated Style and was marked by even greater attention to decoration and the use of double curved tracery. The term was first used by Eustache-Hyacinthe Langlois, and like all the terms mentioned in this paragraph except "Sondergotik" describes the style of window tracery, which is much the easiest way of distinguishing within the overall Gothic period, but ignores other aspects of style. In England the later part of the period is known as Perpendicular architecture. In Germany Sondergotik is the more usual term. The name derives from the flame-like windings of its tracery and the dramatic lengthening of gables and the tops of arches. A key feature is the ogee arch, originating in Beverley Minster, England around 1320, which spread to York and Durham, although the form was never widely used in England, being superseded by the rise of the Perpendicular style around 1350. A possible point of connection between the early English work and the later development in France is the church at Chaumont. The Manueline in Portugal, and the Isabelline in Spain were even more extravagant continuations of the style in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flamboyant

    flam-boi′ant, adj. of the latest style of Gothic architecture which prevailed in France in the 15th and 16th centuries, corresponding to the Perpendicular in England—from the flame-like forms of the tracery of the windows, &c.: of wavy form: gorgeously coloured. [Fr. flamboyer, to blaze.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Flamboyant

    the name given, from the flame-like windings of its tracery, to a florid style of architecture in vogue in France during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Editors Contribution

  1. flamboyant

    flamboyant BrE /flæmbɔɪənt/ NAmE /flæmbɔɪənt/ adjective 1 (of people or their behaviour) different, confident and exciting in a way that attracts attention a flamboyant gesture/style/personality 2 brightly coloured and noticeable flamboyant clothes/designs. Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 8th edition © Oxford University Press, 2010

    He was flamboyant and temperamental on and off the stage.

    Etymology: Mid 19th century: from French, literally flaming, blazing. Present participle of flamboyer, from flamble, 'a flame'.

    Submitted by Dr.Gregory on January 29, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flamboyant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flamboyant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of flamboyant in a Sentence

  1. Vladimir Putin:

    He is a very flamboyant man, very talented, no doubt about that. But it’s not our business to judge his merits, it’s up to the voters of the United States, he is an absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it today. He says that he wants to move to another level relations, a deeper level of relations with Russia.

  2. Ernest Bai Koroma:

    This is the festive season where Sierra Leoneans often celebrate with families in a flamboyant and joyous manner, but all must be reminded that our country is at war with a vicious enemy.

  3. Ernest Bai Koroma:

    This is the festive season where Sierra Leoneans often celebrate with families in a flamboyant and joyous manner but all must be reminded that our country is at war with a vicious enemy.

  4. Harry Vincent:

    My appeal board consisted of one very flamboyant male teacher and the head of the inclusiveness and diversity department, it wasn’t a very unbiased board at all that heard my case.

  5. Noel Monk:

    Eddie was having a lot of problems at that time, after they got married, he had drank too much, he had done too much. They went from the church to the reception. It was a beautiful mansion with wonderful people, but I couldn’t find Eddie. I couldn’t find Valerie. So I went looking for them and found them in the bathroom upstairs… Valerie was soothing him. It was certainly understandable. It didn’t impact their marriage. It certainly didn’t dictate the way things might turned out.’ The marriage lasted for almost two decades until their divorce in 2007, but the band was crumbling much sooner than that. There were mountains of cocaine and ever-flowing booze involved, but Van Halen was also led by a flamboyant singer with a fearsome Jekyll and Hyde personality. David Lee Roth in London. (Courtesy of Noel Monk).

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