[ahrt noo-voh, ahr; French ar-noo-voh]
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
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- a style of art and architecture of the 1890s, characterized by swelling sinuous outlines and stylized natural forms, such as flowers and leaves
- (as modifier)an Art-Nouveau mirror
Word Origin for Art Nouveau
French, literally: new art
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first recorded 1901, French, literally "new art" (see novel (adj.)). Called in German Jugendstil.
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