from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a style in art and architecture developed in Europe from the early 17th to mid-18th century, emphasizing dramatic, often strained effect and typified by bold, curving forms, elaborate ornamentation, and overall balance of disparate parts.
- adj. Music Of, relating to, or characteristic of a style of composition that flourished in Europe from about 1600 to 1750, marked by expressive dissonance and elaborate ornamentation.
- adj. Extravagant, complex, or bizarre, especially in ornamentation: "the baroque, encoded language of post-structural legal and literary theory” ( Wendy Kaminer).
- adj. Irregular in shape: baroque pearls.
- n. The baroque style or period in art, architecture, or music.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. ornate, intricate, decorated, laden with detail.
- adj. complex and beautiful, despite an outward irregularity.
- adj. chiseled from stone, or shaped from wood, in a garish, crooked, twisted, or slanted sort of way, grotesque.
- adj. embellished with figures and forms such that every level of relief gives way to more details and contrasts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, an artistic style common in the 17th century, characterized by the use of complex and elaborate ornamentation, curved rather than straight lines, and, in music a high degree of embellishment.
- adj. Hence, overly complicated, or ornamented to excess; in bad taste; grotesque; odd.
- adj. Irregular in form; -- said esp. of a pearl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Odd; bizarre; corrupt and fantastic in style.
- Specifically, in architecture, applied to a style of decoration which prevailed in Europe during a great part of the eighteenth century, and may be considered to have begun toward the close of the seventeenth century.
- Sometimes written baroco, barocco, barock.
- n. An object of irregular and peculiar form, especially in ornamental art.
- n. Ornament, design, etc., of the style and period called baroque. See I., 2.
- n. Specifically, in music, a style of composition which abounds in extreme, irregular, or unpleasant harmonies or metrical patterns.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the historic period from about 1600 until 1750 when the baroque style of art, architecture, and music flourished in Europe
- n. elaborate and extensive ornamentation in decorative art and architecture that flourished in Europe in the 17th century
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of the elaborately ornamented style of architecture, art, and music popular in Europe between 1600 and 1750
- adj. having elaborate symmetrical ornamentation
French, from Italian barocco, imperfect pearl, and from Portuguese barroco.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French baroque (originally designating a pearl of irregular shape), from either Portuguese barroco, Spanish barroco or Italian barocco, of unknown ultimate origin. (Wiktionary)