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1. also Baroque Of, relating to, or characteristic of a style in art and architecture developed in Europe from the early 17th to mid-18th century, emphasizing dramatic, often strained effect and typified by bold, curving forms, elaborate ornamentation, and overall balance of disparate parts.
2. also Baroque Music Of, relating to, or characteristic of a style of composition that flourished in Europe from about 1600 to 1750, marked by expressive dissonance and elaborate ornamentation.
3. Extravagant, complex, or bizarre, especially in ornamentation: "the baroque, encoded language of post-structural legal and literary theory" (Wendy Kaminer).
4. Irregular in shape: baroque pearls.
n. also Baroque
The baroque style or period in art, architecture, or music.
[French, from Italian barocco, imperfect pearl, and from Portuguese barroco.]
n (often capital)
1. (Architecture) a style of architecture and decorative art that flourished throughout Europe from the late 16th to the early 18th century, characterized by extensive ornamentation
2. (Classical Music) a 17th-century style of music characterized by extensive use of the thorough bass and of ornamentation
3. (Art Terms) any ornate or heavily ornamented style
4. (Historical Terms) denoting, being in, or relating to the baroque
5. (Jewellery) (of pearls) irregularly shaped
[C18: from French, from Portuguese barroco a rough or imperfectly shaped pearl]
1. (often cap.) of or designating a style of architecture and art of the early 17th to mid-18th century, characterized by curvilinear shapes, exuberant decoration, forms suggesting movement, and dramatic effect.
2. (sometimes cap.) of or pertaining to the musical period following the Renaissance, extending roughly from 1600 to 1750.
3. extravagantly ornate in character or style: baroque writing.
4. irregular in shape: baroque pearls.n.
5. (often cap.) the baroque style or period.
6. an irregularly shaped pearl.
[1755–65; < French < Portuguese barroco, barroca irregularly shaped pearl (of obscure orig.)]
a highly decorated form of art or ornamentation. — baroque, adj.See also: Architecture, Art
1. A style of music characterized by ornamentation and use of counterpoint. The baroque era lasted for about 150 years, beginning in 1600 with the first attempts at opera, and ending in 1750 with the death of its great master, Johann Sebastian Bach.
2. Seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century European furniture of elaborate ornamental character with sweeping Scurves an important feature.
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|Noun||1.||Baroque - the historic period from about 1600 until 1750 when the baroque style of art, architecture, and music flourished in Europe|
|2.||baroque - elaborate and extensive ornamentation in decorative art and architecture that flourished in Europe in the 17th century|
|Adj.||1.||baroque - having elaborate symmetrical ornamentation; "the building...frantically baroque"-William Dean Howells|
fancy - not plain; decorative or ornamented; "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes"
|2.||Baroque - of or relating to or characteristic of the elaborately ornamented style of architecture, art, and music popular in Europe between 1600 and 1750|