- noting or pertaining to the style of architecture prevailing in western or southern Europe from the 9th through the 12th centuries, characterized by heavy masonry construction with narrow openings, features such as the round arch, the groin vault, and the barrel vault, and the introduction or development of the vaulting rib, the vaulting shaft, and central and western towers for churches.
- pertaining to or designating the styles of sculpture, painting, or ornamentation of the corresponding period.
- (lowercase) of or relating to fanciful or extravagant literature, as romance or fable; fanciful.
- the Romanesque style of art or architecture.
Origin of Romanesque
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Examples from the Web for romanesque
This chapel was one of the most sunken and dark of the old Romanesque apse.The Dream
Romanesque is plainly noticeable in mixture with the early Gothic.The Cathedrals of Northern France
Yet it is in this province that the Romanesque is best studied.Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1
Elise Whitlock Rose
The style of the edifice is Romanesque with a genuine Lombardic tower.
The interesting Romanesque Church of Kallundborg was also visited.Denmark</p>
M. Pearson Thomson
- denoting, relating to, or having the style of architecture used in W and S Europe from the 9th to the 12th century, characterized by the rounded arch, the groin vault, massive-masonry wall construction, and a restrained use of mouldingsSee also Norman (def. 6)
- denoting or relating to a corresponding style in painting, sculpture, etc
C18: see Roman, -esque
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Word Origin and History for romanesque
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