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Louis Quatorze

[kuh-tawrz; French ka-tawrz] /kəˈtɔrz; French kaˈtɔrz/
noting or pertaining to the style of architecture, furnishings, and decoration prevailing in France in the late 17th century, characterized by increasingly classicizing tendencies, and by an emphasis on dignity rather than comfort.
Compare Régence.
Origin of Louis Quatorze
1850-55; < French: Louis XIV Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was the carriage of Louis Quatorze, who was about to proceed to Marly for the night.

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  • He hung the hat on a Louis Quatorze screen, and blissfully gazed at it, her creation.

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  • Louis Quatorze had to issue a decree at the end of the seventeenth century to prohibit the import of Oriental wares.

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British Dictionary definitions for Louis Quatorze

Louis Quatorze

of or relating to the baroque style of furniture, decoration, and architecture of the time of Louis XIV of France and characterized by massive forms and heavy ornamentation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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