1. strikingly bold or brilliant; showy: flamboyant colors.
  2. conspicuously dashing and colorful: the flamboyant idol of international society.
  3. florid; ornate; elaborately styled: flamboyant speeches.
  4. Architecture.
    1. having the form of an ogee, as a bar of tracery.
    2. noting or pertaining to French Gothic architecture of the late 15th and early and middle 16th centuries, characterized by the use of flamboyant tracery, intricacy of detailing, virtuosity of workmanship, attenuation of parts, and frequent complication of interior space.


  1. royal poinciana.


  1. elaborate or extravagant; florid; showy
  2. rich or brilliant in colour; resplendent
  3. exuberant or ostentatious
  4. of, denoting, or relating to the French Gothic style of architecture characterized by flamelike tracery and elaborate carving


  1. another name for royal poinciana

1891, from flamboyant + -ance.


1832, first used of a 15c.-16c. architectural style with flame-like curves, from French flamboyant “flaming, wavy,” present participle of flamboyer “to flame,” from Old French flamboier (12c.), from flambe “flame,” from flamble, variant of flamme, from Latin flammula (see flame (n.)). Extended sense of “showy, ornate” is 1879. Related: Flamboyantly.

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