art deco

noun, often capitalized A&D
art de·​co | \ ˌärt-ˈde-ˌkō How to pronounce art deco (audio) ; ˌär(t)-dā-ˈkō, ˈär(t)-ˈdā-(ˌ)\

Definition of art deco

: a popular design style of the 1920s and 1930s characterized especially by bold outlines, geometric and zigzag forms, and the use of new materials (such as plastic)

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This is the oldest lodging in the park going back 126 years, but has recently been renovated in art deco style. Niloufer Venkatraman, National Geographic, "6 can’t-miss stops in Yellowstone National Park," 13 June 2019 From fur trading post to harbor of the Great Migration to icon of art deco and beaux art architecture, the city continues to evolve as a hub for folks seeking a fresh start. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018 But the art deco bar table (also well used — as in frequently — in this play) is perfection with its rounded glass and gold trim. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’ opens at Pear Theatre," 12 June 2019 Morgan stops inside Carew Tower, an art deco jewel that housed the office of baseball’s second commissioner, the ebullient Happy Chandler. Katherine Rodeghier,, "From scandals to milestones, an expanded museum and tours celebrate 150 years of baseball in Cincinnati," 12 June 2019 Probably no greater loss was Oak Lawn's art deco Esquire Theater which was knocked down in 1985 for a proposed office building. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Oak Lawn tower plan pays homage to Dallas' long-lost Esquire Theater," 6 June 2019 The back yard features a fire pit and art deco fixtures that were part of the original design and a hot tub that obviously wasn’t. Paul Jablow,, "An Arts and Crafts home with the ‘wow’ factor in Wyncote," 4 June 2019 For her, the starting point was the St-Germain bottle, which reminded her of the jazz age and the art deco–decked ’30s. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Making of Kate Young’s Wild Garden for Maison St-Germain," 22 June 2018 The landmark Meridian-Kessler art deco building that long served as a 7-Eleven and Double 8 Foods grocery on College Avenue debuts May 1 as Kimbal Musk's second farm-to-table restaurant in Indianapolis. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Kimbal Musk's Next Door restaurant opens at former Double 8 Foods in Meridian-Kessler," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of art deco

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for art deco

French Art Déco, from Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, an exposition of modern decorative and industrial arts held in Paris, France, in 1925

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English Language Learners Definition of art deco

: a style of art, design, and architecture that uses bold lines and simple shapes

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