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[boh-zahr; French boh-zar] /boʊˈzɑr; French boʊˈzar/
noting or pertaining to a style of architecture, popularly associated with the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, that prevailed in France in the late 19th century and that was adopted in the U.S. and elsewhere c1900, characterized by the free and eclectic use and adaptation of French architectural features of the 16th through 18th centuries combined so as to give a massive, elaborate, and often ostentatious effect, and also by the use of symmetrical plans preferably allowing vast amounts of interior space.
resembling the architecture, architectural precepts, or teaching methods of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris: often used in a pejorative sense to designate excessive formalism disregarding considerations of structural truth, advanced aesthetic theory, rational planning, or economy.
plural noun
(lowercase) the fine arts, as painting or music.
Origin of Beaux-Arts
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So are made the belles-lettres and the Beaux-Arts and their professors.

  • He took part in a competition for admission to the Beaux-Arts, and failed.

    Paris and the Social Revolution Alvan Francis Sanborn
  • Until then the house had been temporarily under the direction of the Beaux-Arts.

    My Recollections Jules Massenet
  • This is according to M. Rivet's report on the Beaux-Arts in 1906.

    Musicians of To-Day Romain Rolland
  • In his opinion, it would have been more suitable to exhibit such works in a bar-room than at the Beaux-Arts.

    Grme Albert Keim
  • His life so fitted for pleasure and the Beaux-Arts became a combat which never ceased.

  • But the affection of the students of the Beaux-Arts for their masters, their fellow students and the institution is very genuine.

  • He escaped early from the cole des Beaux-Arts, and, of course, came under the influence of Courbet.

    Since Czanne Clive Bell
  • The whole property was taken over later by the Beaux-Arts under State protection for conservation.

    Historic Paris Jetta S. Wolff
British Dictionary definitions for Beaux-Arts


plural noun
another word for fine art
(modifier) relating to the classical decorative style, esp that of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris: beaux-arts influences
Word Origin
C19: French, literally: fine arts
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