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baroque

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adjective ba·roque \bə-ˈrōk, ba-, -ˈräk, -ˈrȯk\

Simple Definition of baroque

  • : of or relating to a dramatic style of art and music that was common in the 17th and early 18th centuries and that featured many decorative parts and details

  • : having many details or too many details

Full Definition of baroque

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of artistic expression prevalent especially in the 17th century that is marked generally by use of complex forms, bold ornamentation, and the juxtaposition of contrasting elements often conveying a sense of drama, movement, and tension

  2. 2 :  characterized by grotesqueness, extravagance, complexity, or flamboyance

  3. 3 :  irregularly shaped —used of gems <a baroque pearl>

ba·roque·ly adverb

Examples of baroque

  1. a somewhat baroque writing style

  2. a book filled with baroque descriptions



Origin of baroque

French, from Middle French barroque irregularly shaped (of a pearl), from Portuguese barroco irregularly shaped pearl


First Known Use: 1765

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baroque

noun ba·roque

Definition of baroque

  1. :  the baroque style or the period in which it flourished



1877

First Known Use of baroque

1877




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