[ 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.
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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