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)

Examples of art deco in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was celebrated for its art deco architecture, and it was added to the register of National Historic Landmarks in 1994. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, 23 Aug. 2022 Miami’s art deco architecture, more-is-more hotels, and renowned museums will encourage you to let your inner maximalist shine bright—just like Dries van Noten’s prismatic swimsuit. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 16 June 2022 Built in 1921 by architecture firm Warren & Wetmore, which was also responsible for the city's Grand Central Station, the building has an art deco exterior. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 The Hulman Building in Evansville is a 10-story commercial building with an art deco style. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Aug. 2022 Mondrian collection features a classic, elegant art deco design that expresses the feminine wisdom of creating, nurturing and growing meaningful relationships in the tapestry of life. Angela Lei, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Tea is served in custom bone china featuring Claridge's design, while guests can take in the surrounding 1930s art deco design of the Foyer & Reading Room. Kelsey Fowler, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2022 Cerulean blue walls meet traditional Vietnamese patterns inspired by the textiles of the local Hmong, Dao, Tay, and Giay groups; there are also art deco flourishes and Vietnamese objets d'art. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 29 Jan. 2022 The art deco-style building was constructed in phases between 1931 and 1949, reflecting the growth of the surrounding neighborhood and the city of Detroit into the 1940s. Sarah Raza, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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“Art deco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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