Definition of baroque
- a baroque cathedral
- baroque music and literature
- the baroque period
- a truly baroque act of sabotage
- —G. N. Shuster
- a baroque pearl
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a somewhat baroque writing style
a book filled with baroque descriptions
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Baroque came to English from a French word meaning "irregularly shaped." At first, the word in French was used mostly to refer to pearls. Eventually, it came to describe an extravagant style of art characterized by curving lines, gilt, and gold. This type of art, which was prevalent especially in the 17th century, was sometimes considered to be excessively decorated and overly complicated. It makes sense, therefore, that the meaning of the word baroque has broadened to include anything that seems excessively ornate or elaborate.
First Known Use: circa 1734See Words from the same year
: of or relating to a dramatic style of art and music that was common in the 17th and early 18th centuries and that featured many decorative parts and details
: having many details or too many details
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