from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
- n. Especially— A kind of China-ribbon embroidery.
- n. A kind of Roman work.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)