Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, 1916
An early-20th-century international movement in art, literature, music, and film, repudiating and mocking artistic and social conventions and emphasizing the illogical and absurd.
Examples of Dada in a sentence
"I didn't understand Dada art until I visited the Marcel Duchamp exhibition."
"The Italian film festival had many Dada-inspired entries."
As an artistic movement, Dada, or Dadaism, took off in the early 1920s in Paris. This appreciation of nonsense, chaos, and the absurd is thought to be a backlash against the effects of World War 1 and a capitalist society. As technology was advancing, Dada spanned across artistic mediums.
Did you Know?
The word "dada" can be found in many languages and cultures to refer to a father. It transcends language barriers perhaps because "da" is one of the first and easiest sounds for a baby to make.