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adjective, ba·roque often capitalized \bə-ˈrōk, ba-, -ˈräk, -ˈrk\

: 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

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

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato


noun, often capitalized

Definition of BAROQUE

:  the baroque style or the period in which it flourished

First Known Use of BAROQUE


Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


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