[ choo r-ee-guh-resk ]
/ ˌtʃʊər i gəˈrɛsk /


noting or pertaining to the baroque architecture of Spain and its colonies in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, characterized by fantastic and lavish detailing.

Nearby words

  1. churn molding,
  2. churn out,
  3. churning,
  4. churr,
  5. churrasco,
  6. churro,
  7. chuse,
  8. chute,
  9. chute the chute,
  10. chute-the-chute

Also chur·ri·gue·res·co [Spanish choor-ree-ge-res-kaw] /Spanish tʃurˌri gɛˈrɛs kɔ/.

Origin of churrigueresque

1835–45; < French < Spanish churrigueresco, after José Churriguera (1650–1725), baroque architect and sculptor + -esco -esque Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for churrigueresque

  • For me a Churrigueresque building is the ne plus ultra of bad taste in architecture, and Spain has a wealth of them.

    Heroic Spain|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • The whole thing was in the worst possible taste, on a level with the bad Churrigueresque architecture of the same period.

    Heroic Spain|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • The influence of Churriguera, who evolved the Churrigueresque style, is to be met with in almost every Cathedral in the country.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain|William Wiehe Collins
  • Externally the structure is completely cased in late Spanish Renaissance or Churrigueresque work.

    Northern Spain|Edgar T. A. Wigram

British Dictionary definitions for churrigueresque



/ (ˌtʃʊərɪɡəˈrɛsk) /


of or relating to a style of baroque architecture of Spain in the late 17th and early 18th centuries

Word Origin for churrigueresque

C19: from Spanish churrigueresco in the style of José Churriguera (1650–1725), Spanish architect and sculptor

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