Baroque Definition

bə-rōk
adjective
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a style in art and architecture developed in Europe from the early 17th to mid-18th century, emphasizing dramatic, often strained effect and typified by bold, curving forms, elaborate ornamentation, and overall balance of disparate parts.
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Of, characteristic of, or like a style of art and architecture characterized by much ornamentation and curved rather than straight lines.
Webster's New World
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a style of composition that flourished in Europe from about 1600 to 1750, marked by expressive dissonance and elaborate ornamentation.
American Heritage
Of, characteristic of, or like a style of music characterized by highly embellished melodies and fugal or contrapuntal forms.
Webster's New World
Extravagant, complex, or bizarre, especially in ornamentation.
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noun
The baroque style or period in art, architecture, or music.
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The period of the Baroque style of art.
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A period in western architecture from ca. 1600 to the middle of the eighteenth century, known for its abundance of decoration.

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A period in western art from ca. 1600 to the middle of the eighteenth century, characterized by drama, rich color, and dramatic contrast between light and shadow.

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A period in western music from ca. 1600 to ca. 1760, characterized by extensive use of counterpoint, basso-continuo, and extensive ornamentation.

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The chess variant invented in 1962 by mathematician Robert Abbott, or any of its descendants, where pieces move alike, but have differing methods of capture.

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Origin of Baroque

  • Via French (which originally meant a pearl of irregular shape) from Portuguese barroco (“irregular pearl”); related to Spanish barrueco and Italian barocco, of uncertain ultimate origin, but possibly from Latin verruca (“wart”).

    From Wiktionary

  • French from Italian barocco imperfect pearl and from Portuguese barroco

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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