Definition of rococo in English:


Syllabification: ro·co·co
Pronunciation: /rəˈkōkō, ˌrōkəˈkō


  • 1(Of furniture or architecture) of or characterized by an elaborately ornamental late baroque style of decoration prevalent in 18th-century Continental Europe, with asymmetrical patterns involving motifs and scrollwork.
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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.
  • 1.1Extravagantly or excessively ornate, especially (of music or literature) highly ornamented and florid.
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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.


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  • The rococo style of art, decoration, or architecture.
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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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