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”).
- Rhymes: -ɒk
- Rhymes: -əʊk
- ornate, intricate, decorated, laden with detail.
- complex and beautiful, despite an outward irregularity.
- chiseled from stone, or shaped from wood, in a garish, crooked, twisted, or slanted sort of way, grotesque.
- embellished with figures and forms such that every level of relief gives way to more details and contrasts.
baroque (masculine and feminine, plural baroques)
- baroque (all senses)