Internet users everywhere have been googling the word “ostentatious” after it was mentioned in a few recent news articles. But what does ostentatious mean?
According to Dictionary.com:
/ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃəs, -tən-/ Show Spelled[os-ten-tey-shuhs, -tuhn-]
1. characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others: an ostentatious dresser.
2. (of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice: Lady Bountiful’s ostentatious charity.
1650–60; ostentat(ion) + -ious
Does that clear things up for you?
Ostentatious was used in these three popular articles:
From The Telegraph: “Any game that starts with you selecting the menu option “NEW JOURNEY” can’t help but conjure visions of either ostentatious posturing or going on a road trip with a hemp shoulder bag stuffed with incense sticks.”
From Sify News: “(West Bengal), Oct 6 (IANS) There is no chanting of Sanskrit mantras or ostentatious decor.”
From The Independent: “His shows are never presented on anything less than the grandest scale but, even so, such an ostentatious display of wealth and power was breathtaking.”
So there you have it.