What does ostentation mean?

Definitions for ostentationˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -tən-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ostentation.

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ostentation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ostentation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edwin Hubbel Chapin:

    Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.

  2. Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli:

    Most certainly do not engage in ostentation, waste or luxury.

  3. John Locke:

    Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.

  4. William Hutton:

    The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation.

  5. William Penn:

    Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.

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Translations for ostentation

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • okázalostCzech
  • Pomp, Prahlerei, Spektakel, Zurschaustellung, Schau, SchaustellungGerman
  • näytös, näytelmäFinnish
  • spectacle, ostentationFrench
  • डींगHindi
  • 催眠Japanese
  • show, aanstellerij, spektakelDutch
  • ostentațieRomanian
  • выставление напоказ, хвастовство, показное проявление, демонстрацияRussian

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