art nouveau


art nou·​veau ˌär(t)-nü-ˈvō How to pronounce art nouveau (audio)
often capitalized A&N
: a design style of late 19th century origin characterized especially by sinuous lines and foliate forms

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As imagined by production designer Andy Nicholson, the castle that contains both schools is ornately Gothic in the evildoers’ quarters and accented with art nouveau details for the good boys and girls. Peter Debruge, Variety, 19 Oct. 2022 The owners ultimately ended up filing for bankruptcy in April, which is why the art nouveau mid-rise is now being auctioned off. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 6 Sep. 2022 Historian David Martínez Bourget is a researcher at the 88-year-old Bellas Artes Museum, a palatial art nouveau performing arts center in Mexico City whose interior walls are graced with famous murals by Rivera, Siqueiros and Orozco. MarÍa Verza, ajc, 10 Aug. 2022 As Alesund’s oldest hotel, the building is a local fixture with a notable art nouveau entryway that transports you a century back in time. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 29 June 2022 A night in the art nouveau town of Alesund, with a boat ride in the fjords, and a night in a traditional Sami tent in the pine forests. Lea Lane, Forbes, 14 May 2022 The 13-unit Emerald Iguana Inn is full of art nouveau curves and Gaudi-esque flourishes, while its sibling the 23-unit Blue Iguana Inn (about 2 miles outside town) projects a Mexican hacienda look. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 He was commissioned to paint murals at the papal summer residence in Italy and did dramatic frescoes with art nouveau influences that cover the interior of the Armenian cathedral in Lviv. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Its 20 beautiful art nouveau stations complimented the glass and wood interiors of carriages that could carry 65 people each. Marcel Krueger, CNN, 16 May 2022 See More

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Word History


French, literally, new art

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of art nouveau was in 1908

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“Art nouveau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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