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 The original Queen Street location has a distinctly art deco-style and looks as though it could easily be recast in Manhattan, with an old-world charm that's very unique in the young city. Amy Louise Bailey, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021 The famous art deco architecture and exceptional customer service were not enough to save it. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, 21 June 2021 Even in a legislative year as ugly as this one, the State Fair, the Texas-OU game and historic art deco trumped partisanship. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 9 July 2021 Some went up during Miami’s art deco heyday in the 1930s and 1940s., 4 July 2021 Filled with fin de siècle mansions, art deco dwellings and art nouveau-style storefronts, any architecture lover needs to stroll through this colonia. Kylie Madry, Travel + Leisure, 23 June 2021 On a pizza delivery, Fang parked his Odyssey in front of a stately art deco apartment building near Billionaires’ Row. Lauren Smiley, Wired, 22 June 2021 In addition to stunning art deco architecture, The S&W Market boasts five exciting new concepts from popular local chefs and restaurateurs, including Buxton Chicken Palace, Irani's newest endeavor with pitmaster Elliott Moss. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 17 June 2021 Dr Pepper influenced the mid-20th-century Dallas skyline with its art deco bottling plant and clock tower on top, reminding you to drink the sweet syrupy soda at 10, 2 and 4 o’clock. Mariana Rivas, Dallas News, 16 June 2021

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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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The first known use of art deco was in 1966

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28 Jul 2021

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“Art deco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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