art deco

noun, often capitalized A&D
art de·co | \ˌärt-ˈde-ˌkō; 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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News of the request for proposals, which are due on May 16, came Monday (April 16), nearly three years after former Gov. Bobby Jindal scuttled the sale of the art deco building on Tulane Avenue four months before the end of his final term. Kevin Litten,, "Charity Hospital redevelopment back out for bid," 16 Apr. 2018 Another is the art deco Dallas Theater, the city's former downtown movie theater that was restored as a multi-purpose performing arts and event facility. Brian O'shea, ajc, "Where is Dallas, Ga.?," 20 May 2018 But Copeland wonders whether a separate district is needed to protect Germantown Avenue’s distinctive mixture of colonial, Victorian, art deco, and modernist commercial buildings. Inga Saffron,, "Philadelphia's housing boom finally reaches Mount Airy. Can it avoid the mistakes of other neighborhoods? | Inga Saffron," 17 May 2018 The cost for the two-and-a-half-hour walking tour, which includes six stops and a trip through Miami Beach’s art deco district, is $56 for adults and $39 for children ages 7-13. Roxana A. Soto, USA TODAY, "Sample regional flavors with culinary experts," 30 June 2018 Founded in 1870 in Springfield, Illinois, the company produced America’s most interesting art noveau, art deco, and pre-modern watches from 1919 through the 1930s, when Hamilton, which had bought the brand in 1928, stopped producing them. Norman Pearlstine, Fortune, "When American Watches Rivaled the Swiss," 4 July 2018 A day after the announcement was made, she was spotted wearing her art deco-style ring, which features an Asscher cut diamond at the center. Katie Frost, Town & Country, "All the Details on Pippa Middleton's Wedding!," 20 May 2017 Owner Dave Oz sources gold-plated stainless steel straws that match the bar’s art deco-style interior. Kate Krader,, "Paper Straws Are So Hot Right Now, There’s Been a Run on Supplies," 5 June 2018 Hamilton, based in Lancaster, Pa., introduced an art deco line, with watches costing as much as $125. Norman Pearlstine, Fortune, "When American Watches Rivaled the Swiss," 4 July 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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: a style of art, design, and architecture that uses bold lines and simple shapes

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