Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “conspicuous consumption”

conspicuous consumption

noun [U]
 
 
disapproving
the practice of buying expensive goods in order to show people how rich you are: The symbols of conspicuous consumption are the fur coats worn by the rich wives of the bankers at the conference.
(Definition of conspicuous consumption from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of conspicuous consumption?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “conspicuous consumption” in other dictionaries

Translations of “conspicuous consumption”

Word of the Day

roost

When birds roost, they go somewhere to rest or sleep.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More