Baroque

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via French (which originally meant a pearl of irregular shape) from Portuguese barroco (irregular pearl); related to Spanish barrueco and Italian barocco, of uncertain ultimate origin, but possibly from Latin verruca (wart).

Pronunciation[edit]

Rhymes: -ɒk Rhymes: -əʊk

Adjective[edit]

Baroque (comparative more Baroque, superlative most Baroque)

  1. from the Baroque period in visual art and music.

Proper noun[edit]

Baroque

  1. A period in western architecture from ca. 1600 to the middle of the eighteenth century, known for its abundance of decoration.
  2. A period in western art from ca. 1600 to the middle of the eighteenth century, characterized by drama, rich color, and dramatic contrast between light and shadow.
  3. A period in western music from ca. 1600 to ca. 1760, characterized by extensive use of counterpoint, basso-continuo, and extensive ornamentation.
  4. The chess variant invented in 1962 by mathematician Robert Abbott, or any of its descendants, where pieces move alike, but have differing methods of capture.

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