Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 17th century
Meant to impress or draw attention
Overly flamboyant or showy
Examples of Ostentatious in a sentence
"The ostentatious decor of the museum distracted from the artwork on display."
"He corrected everything I said in an ostentatious attempt to appear to be an expert."
Popularity Over Time
People who are showy and ostentatious tend to be opulent and public in their spending habits. For example, movie star Johnny Depp once paid $7,000 for a couch from the set of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and it's been reported that he once spent $30,000 a month on wine.
Did you Know?
The roots of ostentatious are satisfyingly on display. The origins come from a Latin word which means, yes, to display.