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Definitions for rococo
rəˈkoʊ koʊ, ˌroʊ kəˈkoʊro·co·co

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rococo(adj)

    fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture that originated in France in the 18th century

  2. rococo(adj)

    having excessive asymmetrical ornamentation

    "an exquisite gilded rococo mirror"


  1. rococo(Noun)

    A style of baroque architecture and decorative art, from 18th century France, having elaborate ornamentation.

  2. rococo(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to the rococo style.

  3. rococo(Adjective)

    Over-elaborate or complicated.

  4. rococo(Adjective)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Rococo(noun)

    a florid style of ornamentation which prevailed in Europe in the latter part of the eighteenth century

  2. Rococo(adj)

    of or pertaining to the style called rococo; like rococo; florid; fantastic

  3. Origin: [F.; of uncertain etymology.]


  1. Rococo

    Rococo, less commonly roccoco, also referred to as "Late Baroque", is an 18th-century artistic movement and style, which affected several aspects of the arts including painting, sculpture, architecture, interior design, decoration, literature, music and theatre. The Rococo developed in the early part of the 18th century in Paris, France as a reaction against the grandeur, symmetry and strict regulations of the Baroque, especially that of the Palace of Versailles. In such a way, Rococo artists opted for a more jocular, florid and graceful approach to Baroque art and architecture. Rococo art and architecture in such a way was ornate and made strong usage of creamy, pastel-like colours, asymmetrical designs, curves and gold. Unlike the more politically focused Baroque, the Rococo had more playful and often witty artistic themes. With regards to interior decoration, Rococo rooms were designed as total works of art with elegant and ornate furniture, small sculptures, ornamental mirrors, and tapestry complementing architecture, reliefs, and wall paintings. The Rococo additionally played an important role in theatre. In the book The Rococo, it is written that there was no other culture which "has produced a wittier, more elegant, and teasing dialogue full of elusive and camouflaging language and gestures, refined feelings and subtle criticism" than Rococo theatre, especially that of France.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rococo

    rō-kō′kō, n. a debased style of architecture and decoration in the 18th century, marked by endless multiplication of ornamental details. [Fr., prob. from Fr. rocaille, rockwork.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Rococo

    name given to a debased style of architecture, overlaid with a tasteless, senseless profusion of fantastic ornamentation, without unity of design or purpose, which prevailed in France and elsewhere in the 18th century.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. rococo

    Terminally baroque. Used to imply that a program has become so encrusted with the software equivalent of gold leaf and curlicues that they have completely swamped the underlying design. Called after the later and more extreme forms of Baroque architecture and decoration prevalent during the mid-1700s in Europe. Alan Perlis said: “Every program eventually becomes rococo, and then rubble.” Compare critical mass.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rococo in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rococo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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