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
"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.' — Ernest Hemingway"
"The historical home was maintained in the height of its baroque style."
Popularity Over Time
While baroque can be used as a noun to describe the particular style and period of art, it's more commonly used as an adjective. Again, it can be describing works from the Baroque period, but it's still used in a modern sense to describe anything over-the-top and elaborately ornate.
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As an artistic style, baroque pieces are recognizeable 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.