rococo

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See also: rococó and rococò

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French rococo.

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Noun[edit]

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rococo (uncountable)

  1. A style of baroque architecture and decorative art, from 18th-century France, having elaborate ornamentation.

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Adjective[edit]

rococo (comparative more rococo, superlative most rococo)

  1. Of or relating to the rococo style.
  2. Over-elaborate or complicated; opulent.
  3. Old-fashioned.

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French[edit]

A rococo cabinet, designed in 1774 by Jean-Joseph Lemaire for the future King Louis XVI.

Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʁɔ.kɔ.ko/
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Adjective[edit]

rococo (plural rococos)

  1. rococo (architectural style, all senses)
  2. (abstract, derogatory) Relating to old traditions, which may be seen as foolishly outdated; archaic, old-fashioned, obsolete, backwards.

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