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art nouveau Syllabification: art nou·veau
Pronunciation: /ˌär no͞oˈvō/
/ˌärt no͞oˈvō/

Definition of art nouveau in English:


A style of decorative art, architecture, and design prominent in western Europe and the US from about 1890 until World War I and characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms.
Example sentences
  • I bought art deco furniture and art nouveau and great clothes.
  • As soon as Elton made some money, he started collecting art - art deco and art nouveau.
  • The wasp waist, achieved with the help of a corset and a tightly cinched belt, became popular at the end of the nineteenth century, coinciding with the emergence of the art nouveau style in the decorative arts.


Early 20th century: from French, literally 'new art'.

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