Via French baroque (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 verrūca (“wart”). It has been suggested that the term derives from Baroco, a technical term from scholastic logic.
- 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.
- Characteristic of Western art music of about the same period.
baroque (plural baroques)
- baroque (all senses)