[ dah-dah ]
/ ˈdɑ dɑ /
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noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
the style and techniques of a group of artists, writers, etc., of the early 20th century who exploited accidental and incongruous effects in their work and who programmatically challenged established canons of art, thought, morality, etc.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of dada
1915–20; <French: hobby horse, childish reduplication of da giddyap
OTHER WORDS FROM dadada·da·ism, nounda·da·ist, nounda·da·is·tic, adjectiveda·da·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for dada
The subversive, Dadaist voice became more wacky uncle than bull in the china shop.
British Dictionary definitions for dada
/ (ˈdɑːdɑː) /
a nihilistic artistic movement of the early 20th century in W Europe and the US, founded on principles of irrationality, incongruity, and irreverence towards accepted aesthetic criteria
Derived forms of DadaDadaist, noun, adjectiveDadaistic, adjectiveDadaistically, adverb
Word Origin for Dada
C20: from French, from a children's word for hobbyhorse, the name being arbitrarily chosen
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