art nouveau

noun, often capitalized A&N
art nou·​veau | \ ˌär(t)-nü-ˈvō How to pronounce art nouveau (audio) \

Definition of art nouveau

: a design style of late 19th century origin characterized especially by sinuous lines and foliate forms

Examples of art nouveau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An art nouveau hanging lamp, with leaves and berries in pungent greens and reds, sets the hyperbolic mood. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, "Spirits of San Francisco," 10 Mar. 2020 The painting is a later work by the Austrian art nouveau master. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World, Jan. 17," 17 Jan. 2020 In commercial buildings, such as taverns and pharmacies, the mosaics grew more decorative, as the country transitioned from the Victorian era to the arts and crafts, art nouveau and art deco periods. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, "Tiny tiles are back in a big way," 15 Oct. 2019 In commercial buildings, such as taverns and pharmacies, the mosaics grew more decorative, as the country transitioned from the Victorian era to the arts and crafts, art nouveau and art deco periods. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, "Tiny tiles are back in a big way," 15 Oct. 2019 Berlin: Set in a former Weimar-era cabaret club, this restored art nouveau palace is the first upscale hotel to open in Berlin’s counterculture Kreuzberg district. National Geographic, "What did travel have to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall?," 9 Nov. 2019 In commercial buildings, such as taverns and pharmacies, the mosaics grew more decorative, as the country transitioned from the Victorian era to the arts and crafts, art nouveau and art deco periods. Michelle Brunner, Twin Cities, "Tiny tiles are making a big comeback, with a modern twist," 19 Oct. 2019 Steichen, at the crossroads of the art nouveau and arts-and-crafts movements, is the antidote to bumper cars and water slides. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art Bridges’ Art Populism," 14 Sep. 2019 The result is a mélange of pieces that range in style from midcentury modern to art nouveau, featuring materials as varied as wicker, velvet, leather, brass, and resin. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Tete-A-Tete Is So Good, You'll Forget Your Sofa Existed," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of art nouveau

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for art nouveau

French, literally, new art

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The first known use of art nouveau was in 1908

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“Art nouveau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/art%20nouveau. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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art nouveau

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English Language Learners Definition of art nouveau

: a style of art, design, and architecture that uses curving lines and shapes that look like leaves and flowers

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