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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: French, mid-18th century


Relating to or denoting a style of European architecture, music, and art of the 17th and 18th centuries that followed mannerism and is characterized by ornate detail.


Highly ornate and extravagant in style.

Examples of Baroque in a sentence

"I do enjoy listening to baroque music, but the architecture is too much for me."

"The historical home was maintained in the height of its baroque style."

About Baroque

While "baroque" can be used as a noun to designate the particular style and period of art, it's more commonly used as an adjective. It can describe works from the Baroque period, but it's now used in a common sense to describe anything over-the-top and elaborately ornate.

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As an artistic style, baroque pieces are recognizable for their ornate details. In architecture, the period is exemplified by the Palace of Versailles and by the work of Bernini in Italy. Major composers include Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel; Caravaggio and Rubens are important baroque artists.

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