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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. 2016.
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  • The ticking of the Louis Quatorze clock on the mantel and the flap of a window-curtain were the only sounds to be heard.

  • It was the carriage of Louis Quatorze, who was about to proceed to Marly for the night.

    In the Day of Adversity John Bloundelle-Burton
  • Such are the Louis Quatorze talonettes, designed to increase the stature without exaggerating the heel of the shoe.

  • Philip returned to the Louis Quatorze chair and lit a cigarette.

    The Red Cross Girl Richard Harding Davis
  • Such storms of affliction as in 1712 swept over the house of Louis Quatorze occur less frequently now.

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

    Hugo Arnold Bennett
  • For a century and three-quarters, have not all the books that speak of Versailles, or Louis Quatorze, told the story?

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Here we find leather decorations derivative from Spain in rich gilding, Louis Quatorze boudoirs with classic gods and goddesses.

    Chats on Old Clocks Arthur Hayden
  • The formal monotonous ticking of the Louis Quatorze clock annoyed him.

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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