art nouveau

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noun, often capitalized A&N art nou·veau \ˌär(t)-nü-ˈvō\

Definition of art nouveau

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

Origin and Etymology of art nouveau

French, literally, new art


First Known Use: 1908


ART NOUVEAU Defined for English Language Learners

art nouveau

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noun, often capitalized A&N art nou·veau \ˌär(t)-nü-ˈvō\

Definition of art nouveau for English Language Learners

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


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