art nouveau

[ ahrt noo-voh, ahr; French ar-noo-voh ]
/ ˌɑrt nuˈvoʊ, ˌɑr; French ar nuˈvoʊ /

noun (often initial capital letters) Fine Arts.

a style of fine and applied art current in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, characterized chiefly by curvilinear motifs often derived from natural forms.

Origin of art nouveau

1900–05; < French: literally, new art Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for art nouveau

Art Nouveau

/ (ɑː nuːˈvəʊ, French ar nuvo) /


  1. a style of art and architecture of the 1890s, characterized by swelling sinuous outlines and stylized natural forms, such as flowers and leaves
  2. (as modifier)an Art-Nouveau mirror

Word Origin for Art Nouveau

French, literally: new art
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Word Origin and History for art nouveau

art nouveau

first recorded 1901, French, literally "new art" (see novel (adj.)). Called in German Jugendstil.

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