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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."

About Dada

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.

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