Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Pieces of art or other objects that appeal to popular or uncultivated taste, as in being garish or overly sentimental.

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  • noun Art, decorative objects and other forms of representation of questionable artistic or aesthetic value; a representation that is excessively sentimental, overdone, or vulgar.
  • adjective Said especially of art and decor that is considered of questionable aesthetic value; excessively sentimental, overdone or vulgar.

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  • noun excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German Kitsch (originally used of kitschy painting ), perhaps from kitschen, to sweep or rake up street mud, or from German dialectal kitschen, to sell off cheaply.]

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From German Kitsch, from dialectal kitschen ("to coat, to smear"), the word and concept were popularized in the 1930's by several critics who opposed it to avant garde art.

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