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 The Hotel am Steinplatz is another cornerstone of Berlin’s early 20th century hotel boom; opened by Max Zellermayer in 1913, the Hotel is now part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott and boasts exceptional art nouveau design elements. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 In the heart of the city, the Juan March Foundation shows 20th-century Spanish art in a 17th-century palace, and Caixa Forum features a roster of traveling exhibitions in one of the city’s most emblematic art nouveau buildings. Andrew Ferren, WSJ, 30 July 2021 But many of its most fantastic original features are still intact, like crystal lamps, soaring ceilings, and art nouveau detailing throughout the building. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 29 June 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 Located in the country's northeast region, Nancy is said to be one of the epicenters of the French art nouveau movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 The art nouveau shop of Confetti Rapone is painted in delicious pastel pink and blue. New York Times, 6 June 2021 Livraria Lello, the art nouveau store built in 1906 by brothers José and António Lello, is widely considered one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores. Time, 1 June 2021 Most colorful of all are the wall tiles that have been painstakingly restored by hand: an emerald-green leaf design here, an art nouveau-ish floral swirl there. Ben Mccormack, Robb Report, 18 May 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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