plat·​er·​esque ˌpla-tə-ˈresk How to pronounce plateresque (audio)
often capitalized
: 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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Word History


Spanish plateresco, from platero silversmith, from plata silver

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plateresque was in 1845

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“Plateresque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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