Definition of baroque in English:


Line breaks: bar|oque
Pronunciation: /bəˈrɒk
, -ˈrəʊk/



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  • The baroque style or period: the interior of the church is in lavish baroque the sculptural group in Rome is a key work of the baroque
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    • What were called ‘Chinoiserie’ styles of alleged Asian designs were in vogue for those who wanted a lighter alternative to the formality of baroque or neoclassicism.
    • Most big-ticket performers know their place, whether it be classical, baroque or grand opera.
    • Austrian architects created a distinctive national style, Austrian baroque, that featured irregular or undulating outlines, dynamic use of bold and delicate colors, and rich ornamentation.


mid 18th century: from French (originally designating a pearl of irregular shape), from Portuguese barroco, Spanish barrueco, or Italian barocco; of unknown ultimate origin.

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