Beaux-arts meaning

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The fine arts.
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Of or relating to an architectural style originating in France in the late 19th century and characterized by classical forms, symmetry, rich ornamentation, and a grand scale.
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Designating or of an ornate style of architecture of the late 19th and early 20th cent. characterized by classical forms, massive proportions, and lavish, usually symmetrical, detailing.
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The fine arts.
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Origin of beaux-arts

  • French beaux pl. of beau fine arts pl. of art art

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

  • After the École des Beaux Arts School of Fine Arts, in Paris

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