April 19, 2013
ostentatious (adjective)
\ah-sten-TAY-shus\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: fond of or showing unnecessary display to attract attention, admiration, or envy
How do you use it?
When Nick's family moved into their new house, they replaced the ostentatious gilded light fixtures with simple modern ones.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of these sentences do you think shows off "ostentatious" in the right way?

The real attention getter is D. In sentence A, "choosy" or "picky" are words that would work well instead of "ostentatious" to explain the meaning of the old saying. Sentence B wilts under scrutiny, since "ostentatious" is an adjective, not a noun, so it cannot be the name of a flower. Being far down on the list of credits as in C is hardly "ostentatious" star billing, and Sarah must move up if she wants to attract real attention. The remaining (and correct) choice is D, in which "ostentatious" describes the eye-catching bauble that is both a wonder of nature and a status symbol.
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