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The High Baroque altar of Saint John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta.



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, -əʊk


Baroque (comparative more Baroque, superlative most Baroque)

  1. (art, music) From or characteristic of the Baroque period.


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  1. (art, music) A period in western architecture, art and music from ca. 1600 to ca. 1760 CE, known for its abundance of drama, rich color, and extensive ornamentation.
  2. 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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