AskDefine | Define flamboyant

Dictionary Definition

flamboyant adj
1 elaborately or excessively ornamented; "flamboyant handwriting"; "the senator's florid speech" [syn: aureate, florid, showy]
2 richly and brilliantly colorful [syn: resplendent, unrestrained] n : 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 [syn: royal poinciana, flame tree, peacock flower, Delonix regia, Poinciana regia]

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English

Etymology

From the French word flamboyer (“to blaze”).

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Showy, bold or audacious in behaviour, appearance, etc.
  2. Referred to as the final stage of French Gothic architecture from the 14th to the 16th centuries.

Translations

Showy, bold or audacious in behaviour, appearance, etc.
Referred to as the final stage of French Gothic architecture from the 14th to the 16th centuries

Noun

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

Translations

Extensive Definition

Flamboyant is the name given to a florid style of late Gothic architecture in vogue in France, Spain and Portugal during the 15th century. It evolved from the Rayonnant style and was marked by even greater attention to decoration then the latter. The name derives from the flame-like windings of its tracery and the dramatic lengthening of pediments and the tops of arches.

Some Examples of the Flamboyant Gothic Style

flamboyant in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Палымяная готыка
flamboyant in German: Flamboyant (Stilstufe)
flamboyant in Spanish: Gótico flamígero
flamboyant in Dutch: Flamboyante gotiek
flamboyant in Polish: Flamboyant
flamboyant in Swedish: Flamboyant

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