[ buh-rohk; French ba-rawk ]
/ bəˈroʊk; French baˈrɔk /
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(often initial capital letter) of or relating to a style of architecture and art originating in Italy in the early 17th century and variously prevalent in Europe and the New World for a century and a half, characterized by free and sculptural use of the classical orders and ornament, by forms in elevation and plan suggesting movement, and by dramatic effect in which architecture, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts often worked to combined effect.
(sometimes initial capital letter) of or relating to the musical period following the Renaissance, extending roughly from 1600 to 1750.
extravagantly ornate, florid, and convoluted in character or style: the baroque prose of the novel's more lurid passages.
irregular in shape: baroque pearls.
(often initial capital letter) the baroque style or period.
anything extravagantly ornamented, especially something so ornate as to be in bad taste.
an irregularly shaped pearl.
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Origin of baroque
1755–65; <French <Portuguese barroco, barroca irregularly shaped pearl (of obscure origin; compare Spanish berrueco, barrueco granitic crag, irregular pearl, spherical nodule), probably conflated with Medieval Latin baroco invented word for a kind of obfuscating syllogism
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How to use baroque in a sentence
Most of the baroques are too irregular in shape to have any special name applying to their form.A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public|Frank Bertram Wade
Scattered among them were the flashing emeralds of the glaciers and the immense pallid baroques of the snow fields.The Metal Monster|A. Merritt
To me they presented little but horror—to many they will seem less terrible than baroques.Lords of the Housetops|Various
And never minding the seed pearls, you've got quarts of baroques there.A Son Of The Sun|Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for baroque
/ (bəˈrɒk, bəˈrəʊk) /
noun (often capital)
a style of architecture and decorative art that flourished throughout Europe from the late 16th to the early 18th century, characterized by extensive ornamentation
a 17th-century style of music characterized by extensive use of the thorough bass and of ornamentation
any ornate or heavily ornamented style
denoting, being in, or relating to the baroque
(of pearls) irregularly shaped
Word Origin for baroque
C18: from French, from Portuguese barroco a rough or imperfectly shaped pearl
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Cultural definitions for baroque
[ (buh-rohk) ]
A period in the arts, visual and musical, from about 1600 to about 1750, marked by elaborate ornamentation and efforts to create dramatic effects. Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel, and Antonio Vivaldi were great composers of the baroque era.
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