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Line breaks: ro¦coco
Pronunciation: /rəˈkəʊkəʊ

Definition of rococo in English:


1Denoting furniture or architecture characterized by an elaborately ornamental late baroque style of decoration prevalent in 18th-century continental Europe, with asymmetrical patterns involving motifs and scrollwork: a rococo carved gilt mirror the rococo style
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  • Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, baroque, and rococo facades combine to create majestic results.
  • These furnishings included carpets, curtains, louvres, rococo chairs, plaster casts of antique statues and busts, paintings, Chinese vases and diverse plants.
  • These were of eclectic style, many of them with baroque and rococo elements.
1.1(Especially of music or literature) extravagantly or excessively ornate: his labyrinthine sentences and rococo usages
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  • In instrumental music, the rococo keyboard sonatas of Seixas rivalled those of Domenico Scarlatti, who worked at John's court between 1719 and 1728.
  • In Haydn's C major sonata he navigates its florid rococo embroidery with the deft assurance of a Swiss jeweler, while lending to Rachmaninoff's blustery Etude Tableau in D the grandeur its imitative bell sonorities demand.
  • To sell such a rococo character, the producers relied heavily on a number of sure-fire gimmicks.
ornate, fancy, very elaborate, curlicued, over-elaborate, extravagant, baroque, fussy, busy, ostentatious, showy, wedding-cake, gingerbread;
flowery, florid, flamboyant, high-flown, high-sounding, magniloquent, grandiloquent, orotund, rhetorical, oratorical, bombastic, overwrought, overblown, overripe, overdone, convoluted, turgid, inflated
informal highfalutin, purple


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The rococo style of art, decoration, or architecture: rococo is alive and living in our hearts
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  • In the Svindersvik manor, the characteristics of Swedish rococo were boiled down to their essence and even enhanced by its minute size.
  • The candlesticks with Apollo and Daphne, made in London around 1740, are rare and unusual examples of the full-blown English rococo.
  • The arresting mirror from Milan shows the Italian rococo at its most lively, with scrollwork rising detached from the bottom of the frame, to converge in a vortex in time cresting.


mid 19th century: from French, humorous alteration of rocaille.

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