- a style of architecture, decorative art, music, etc. of the early 18th cent. developed from and in reaction to the Baroque and characterized by profuse and delicate ornamentation, reduced scale, lightness, grace, etc.
- a style of architecture, music, etc. regarded, often disparagingly, as like this
Origin of rococoFrench ; from rocaille, rock work, shell work ; from roc ; from Old French roche, rock
- of or in rococo
- too profuse and elaborate in ornamentation; florid and tasteless
- a. A style of art, especially architecture and decorative art, that originated in France in the early 1700s and is marked by elaborate ornamentation, as with a profusion of scrolls, foliage, and animal forms.b. A very ornate style of speech or writing.
- Music A style of composition arising in the 1700s in France, often viewed as an extension of the baroque, and characterized by a high degree of ornamentation and lightness of expression.
- also Rococo Of or relating to the rococo.
- Immoderately elaborate or complicated.
Origin of rococoFrench, probably alteration of rocaille, rockwork, from roc, rock, variant of roche, from Vulgar Latin *rocca.
1757 organ in the
loft of Wies Church
near Steingaden, Germany