American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A style of art, especially architecture and decorative art, that originated in France in the early 18th century and is marked by elaborate ornamentation, as with a profusion of scrolls, foliage, and animal forms.
- n. A very ornate style of speech or writing.
- n. Music A style of composition arising in 18th-century France, often viewed as an extension of the baroque, and characterized by a high degree of ornamentation and lightness of expression.
- adj. Of or relating to the rococo.
- adj. Immoderately elaborate or complicated.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of ornament originating in the Louis-Quatorze style and continuing with constantly increasing inorganic exaggeration and extravagance throughout the artistic degeneracy of the Louis-Quinze. It is generally a meaningless, though often a very rich, assemblage of fantastic scrolls and crimped conventional shell-work, wrought into irregular and indescribable forms, without individuality and without expression apart from its usually costly material and surroundings. The style has a certain interest from its use in a great number of sumptuous European residences, and from its intimate association with a social life of great outward refinement and splendor. Much of the painting, engraving, porcelain-work, etc., of the time has, too, a real decorative charm, though not of a very high order in art. Hence rococo is used attributively in contempt to note anything feebly pretentious and tasteless in art or literature. Compare
- n. Especially— A kind of China-ribbon embroidery.
- n. A kind of Roman work.
- n. A style of baroque architecture and decorative art, from 18th century France, having elaborate ornamentation.
- adj. Of, or relating to the rococo style.
- adj. Over-elaborate or complicated.
- adj. Old-fashioned.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A florid style of ornamentation which prevailed in Europe in the latter part of the eighteenth century.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the style called rococo; like rococo; florid; fantastic.
- n. fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture that originated in France in the 18th century
- adj. having excessive asymmetrical ornamentation
- French, probably alteration of rocaille, rockwork, from roc, rock, variant of roche, from Vulgar Latin *rocca. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In one shot she poses in a loud kimono-style dress and caresses the tail of a stuffed pheasant that forms part of what can only be described as a rococo charcuterie ensemble.”
“Enlightenment, to realism, though on occasion it has affinities with what could be called rococo in its artistic style.”
“The stitch illustrated in fig. 87 is known as rococo stitch.”
“This style, which is called rococo, corresponds to what in literature is known as preciosity; but towards the middle of the eighteenth century classical forms were revived, especially in the works of the famous architects Vanvitelli and Juvara, while Canova restored its simplicity to sculpture, combining the study of nature with that of classic forms.”
“The stitch between these groups is generally known as the rococo stitch.”
“Call it "rococo," call it "baroque" in its passion for ornamentation and its uninhibited excess.”
“Still, if "rococo" could be applied to dressing, this would be it ...”
“Except -- now I see the lyrics written down, I realize I always thought one bit said 'rococo' and it actually says 'cope cope cope', which gives a very different feel!”
“Louis XV was the period when outline and decoration were merged in one and the _shell_ which figured in Louis XIV merely as an ornament, gave its form (in a curved outline) and its name "rococo" (Italian for shell) to the style.”
“The palace and front garden are in unattractive "rococo" style, especially the rooms occupied by Frederick the Great; but the gardens in the rear of the palace are large and most attractive.”
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