Louis Quatorze

[kuh-tawrz; French ka-tawrz]


noting or pertaining to the style of architecture, furnishings, and decoration prevailing in France in the late 17th century, characterized by increasingly classicizing tendencies, and by an emphasis on dignity rather than comfort.

Compare Régence.

Origin of Louis Quatorze

1850–55; < French: Louis XIV

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Examples from the Web for louis quatorze

  • The screen was an old one, of gilt Spanish leather, stamped and wrought with a rather florid Louis-Quatorze pattern.

  • So I walked in and sat down in a pink-and-white embroidered Louis-Quatorze chair.

British Dictionary definitions for louis quatorze

Louis Quatorze


of or relating to the baroque style of furniture, decoration, and architecture of the time of Louis XIV of France and characterized by massive forms and heavy ornamentation
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