Definitions of ostentation

  1. a showy outward display Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. pretentious or showy or vulgar display Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of ostentating or of making an ambitious display; unnecessary show; pretentious parade; - usually in a detractive sense. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Unnecessary show or parade. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Act of making a display: ambitious display: boasting. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Show; ambitious display. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Boastful display; pretentious parade. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Outward show; ambitious or vain display. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. Outward show or appearance; ambitious display; parade; pompous vaunting. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for ostentation

  1. Here is religion without ostentation – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  2. In a short time the necessary number of purchasers was found, each having paid a quarter of a dollar, and then, with great ostentation the fakir returned to every one the money he had given. – The Adventures of a Country Boy at a Country Fair by James Otis