Rococo Definition

rə-kōkō, rōkə-kō
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.
Webster's New World
A style of architecture, music, etc. regarded, often disparagingly, as like this.
Webster's New World
A very ornate style of speech or writing.
American Heritage
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.
American Heritage
Of or in rococo.
Webster's New World
Too profuse and elaborate in ornamentation; florid and tasteless.
Webster's New World

Origin of Rococo

  • French probably alteration of rocaille rockwork from roc rock variant of roche from Vulgar Latin rocca

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

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