adjective, often capitalized
plat·​er·​esque | \ ˌpla-tə-ˈresk How to pronounce plateresque (audio) \

Definition of plateresque

: of, relating to, or being a 16th century Spanish architectural style characterized by elaborate ornamentation suggestive of silver plate

Examples of plateresque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since the Moors love to use flat decorations, usually, with geometrical lines the silversmiths became builders, and the fusion of an economic situation led to the plateresque style. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of plateresque

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plateresque

Spanish plateresco, from platero silversmith, from plata silver

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plater finish

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“Plateresque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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