- Rhymes: -əʊkəʊ
- A style of baroque architecture and decorative art, from 18th-century France, having elaborate ornamentation.
Undoubtedly, a word from rocaille and barroco, to denote pejoratively a "rock" style, then gone out-of-fashion; invented in 1797 by Pierre-Maurice Quays, pupil of Jacques-Louis David and firebrand of an austere neoclassical style.
rococo (plural rococos)
- rococo (architectural style, all senses)
- (abstract, derogatory) Relating to old traditions, which may be seen as foolishly outdated; archaic, old-fashioned, obsolete, backwards.