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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Baroque, Baroque era, Baroque periodnoun

    the historic period from about 1600 until 1750 when the baroque style of art, architecture, and music flourished in Europe

  2. baroque, baroquenessadjective

    elaborate and extensive ornamentation in decorative art and architecture that flourished in Europe in the 17th century

  3. baroque, churrigueresque, churriguerescoadjective

    having elaborate symmetrical ornamentation

    "the building...frantically baroque"-William Dean Howells

  4. baroque, Baroqueadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of the elaborately ornamented style of architecture, art, and music popular in Europe between 1600 and 1750


  1. Baroqueadjective

    from the Baroque period in visual art and music.

  2. Baroquenoun

    A period in western architecture from ca. 1600 to the middle of the eighteenth century, known for its abundance of decoration.

  3. Baroquenoun

    A period in western art from ca. 1600 to the middle of the eighteenth century, characterized by drama, rich color, and dramatic contrast between light and shadow.

  4. Baroquenoun

    A period in western music from ca. 1600 to ca. 1760, characterized by extensive use of counterpoint, basso-continuo, and extensive ornamentation.

  5. Baroquenoun

    The chess variant invented in 1962 by mathematician Robert Abbott, or any of its descendants, where pieces move alike, but have differing methods of capture.

  6. baroqueadjective

    ornate, intricate, decorated, laden with detail.

  7. baroqueadjective

    complex and beautiful, despite an outward irregularity.

  8. baroqueadjective

    chiseled from stone, or shaped from wood, in a garish, crooked, twisted, or slanted sort of way, grotesque.

  9. baroqueadjective

    embellished with figures and forms such that every level of relief gives way to more details and contrasts.

  10. Etymology: From the barroco

Webster Dictionary

  1. Baroqueadjective

    in bad taste; grotesque; odd


  1. Baroque

    The Baroque is a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance and music. The style began around 1600 in Rome, Italy and spread to most of Europe. The popularity and success of the Baroque style was encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church, which had decided at the time of the Council of Trent, in response to the Protestant Reformation, that the arts should communicate religious themes in direct and emotional involvement. The aristocracy also saw the dramatic style of Baroque architecture and art as a means of impressing visitors and expressing triumphant power and control. Baroque palaces are built around an entrance of courts, grand staircases and reception rooms of sequentially increasing opulence.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Baroque

    bar-ōk′, adj. originally a jeweller's term, but applied in art generally to extravagant ornamental designs: whimsical, odd. [Fr. baroque; perh. from L. verruca, wart, but referred by some to Ar. burāq, hard earth mixed with stones.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Baroque

    ornamentation of a florid and incongruous character, more lavish and showy rather than true and tasteful; much in vogue from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. baroque

    [common] Feature-encrusted; complex; gaudy; verging on excessive. Said of hardware or (esp.) software designs, this has many of the connotations of elephantine or monstrosity but is less extreme and not pejorative in itself. In the absence of other, more negative descriptions this term suggests that the software is trembling on the edge of bad taste but has not quite tipped over into it. “Metafont even has features to introduce random variations to its letterform output. Now that is baroque!” See also rococo.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Baroque in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Baroque in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Baroque in a Sentence

  1. Di Martino:

    I know you can't build Baroque churches today, but there is definitely a disconnect between the populace and the ideas of these architects, the big issue is that we are in search of a model that can represent our era. And we haven't found one.

  2. Tom Ruggio:

    Up in the middle of the church, high up on the right side, I immediately identified an Italian Baroque painting, and I couldn't believe what I was looking at.

  3. Elio Kapszuk:

    The lack of justice means that, 25 years later, the attack is still with us, we asked Julio to generate new photographs that had connection points with those earlier baroque-style images, loaded with drama, taken after 09.53 when the bomb killed 85 people and left more than 300 injured.

  4. Tom Ruggio:

    The four paintings are connected and, fascinatingly enough to me, is doing something that most Italian Baroque painters aren't doing any more in the 17th century. Many of them are going straight to canvas, so my contention is, he's part of a Renaissance legacy, and continuing the tradition of working on paper.

  5. Marco Rubio:

    I primarily like classical music, particularly Baroque music.

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