Definition of rocaille in English:

rocaille

Syllabification: ro·caille
Pronunciation: /rōˈkī, rä-
 
/

noun

  • 1An 18th-century artistic or architectural style of decoration characterized by elaborate ornamentation with pebbles and shells, typical of grottos and fountains.
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    • The word was apparently coined in the 1790s by David's students, wittily combining rocaille and barocco, to refer disparagingly to the taste fashionable under Louis XV.
    • The most distinctive decorative style evident during the second period at the factory is rocaille, which was used in three-dimensional forms and in painted surrounds for individual scenes.
  • 2 (rocailles) Tiny beads.
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    • The bright sunlight poured down on the myriad of rocailles, garlands, leaves, amphorae, birds and cupids.
    • It was of colossal figures that would have been of white marble, surfaced in part in rocailles, which would have made them appear to be of a single piece.

Origin

French, from roc 'rock'.

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