1

rococo

noun ro·co·co \ rə-ˈkō-(ˌ)kō , rō-kə-ˈkō \
Updated on: 8 Apr 2018

Definition of rococo

: rococo work or style

rococo was our Word of the Day on 04/26/2015. Hear the podcast!

Recent Examples of rococo from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rococo.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of rococo

1835

Other Fine Arts Terms


2

rococo

adjective

Definition of rococo

1 a : of or relating to an artistic style especially of the 18th century characterized by fanciful curved asymmetrical forms and elaborate ornamentation
b : of or relating to an 18th century musical style marked by light gay ornamentation and departure from thorough-bass and polyphony
2 : excessively ornate or intricate

Examples of rococo in a Sentence

  1. The chairs are carved in a rococo style.

Recent Examples of rococo from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rococo.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of rococo

French, irregular from rocaille rocaille

Other Fine Arts Terms


ROCOCO Defined for English Language Learners

rococo

Definition of rococo for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a style of artistic expression that involves fancy curved forms and much decoration and was popular in the 18th century


Learn More about rococo


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up rococo? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

without deliberation, pause, or delay

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats-on-impossible-timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!