Adjective "baroque" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


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. In architecture the period is exemplified by the palace of Versailles and by the work of Wren in England. Major composers include Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel; Caravaggio and Rubens are important baroque artists.
  1. 'Handel's standing as one of the greatest composers of the high baroque period is based on his Messiah, dozens of other oratorios and operas, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks.'
  2. 'The jury may still be out on Rubens's great baroque theatricals but who can resist the oil sketches?'
  3. 'As the seat of Prussia it boasts of Gothic and baroque architecture reminiscent of other European capitals.'
  4. 'Inside you'll find examples of gothic, Mudéjar, renaissance and baroque architecture along with a stunning collection of works by Rubens, Goya, Van Dyck and Velázquez.'
  5. 'To sum up, this disc is a must for all choral enthusiasts who have the rich seam of 18th century baroque music at heart.'
  6. 'And I've started to think that perhaps I should expand my CD collection to include more baroque music.'
  7. 'Early eighteenth century baroque composer Vivaldi was a trained priest who had music in his heart.'
  8. 'Derek Adlam has already featured on a couple of Guild discs devoted to late baroque keyboard music and this Haydn release shows him on the same fine form.'
  9. 'Finally, the third-floor galleries provide a survey of European paintings from the medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and rococo periods.'
  10. 'Peter Paul Rubens was one of the most learned, inventive, and prolific artists of the baroque period in northern Europe.'
  11. 'The series comes to a climax in three largo reliefs from 1966 that feature baroque, curved sections forming irregular billowing masses.'
  12. 'His baroque and intentionally abstruse periodic Latin proved extremely liable to corruption in the extensive and contaminated later manuscript tradition.'
  13. 'After albums from showy, baroque Rufus - at the Grand Opera House in York on Monday - and his heart-on-her-sleeve sister Martha, the parents are back.'
  14. 'At times, the walking step is inflated to a neat little leap; at its most baroque, it becomes a tiny turn.'
  15. 'Unlike my hypothesis, she speaks in her baroque and breathless way not only when upset or anxious but also when she is up and effusive.'
  16. 'But, accomplished and deftly controlled as it is, The Fallen Idol feels like a chamber piece beside the two baroque, expressionistic works made on either side.'
  17. 'Way beyond merely luxurious, the baroque decor is jaw-droppingly ostentatious.'
  18. 'To their millionaire owners and portico-loving architects, they are temples of mock baroque and neo-Tudor excess that serve as worthy successors to the great country houses of the past.'
  19. 'Which is why, I guess, he seems happiest when executing baroque and extreme forms of punishment.'


The baroque style or period.
  1. 'the sculptural group in Rome is a key work of the baroque'
  2. 'But Viennese baroque is more than a decorative style; it's an attitude to life, an affirmation of delight in the richness and grandeur of things.'
  3. 'Otherwise, they're big and feisty, baroque in the manner that has come to be de rigueur.'
  4. 'A fine example of Central American baroque in Granada is the Iglesia de La Mercad, which was completed in 1539 and restored in 1862.'
  5. 'The baroque of Purcell, Bach and Handel is never going to stick you to your seat a la Ludwig but there were times when I though I would levitate so sublime was the music.'
  6. 'Rooms come in three styles: Moorish, with intricate plasterwork framing your bed; the more conventional Isabelline baroque; or Castilian, with rococo furniture and ornate silver mirrors.'
  7. 'What were called ‘Chinoiserie’ styles of alleged Asian designs were in vogue for those who wanted a lighter alternative to the formality of baroque or neoclassicism.'
  8. 'The exuberance of the carving, attributed to Rhodian sculptors, and the dramatic, illusionistic setting are characteristic of the Hellenistic baroque.'
  9. 'I'm sure that those who love the baroque will need no prompting to sample the delights of this collection of pieces by one of Germany's finest composers of the period.'
  10. 'Britain baroque was never whole-heartedly embraced or permitted to overwhelm classical models.'


1. (often initial capital letter) of or relating to a style of architecture and art originating in Italy in the early 17th century and variously prevalent in Europe and the New World for a century and a half, characterized by free and sculptural use of the classical orders and ornament, by forms in elevation and plan suggesting movement, and by dramatic effect in which architecture, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts often worked to combined effect.

2. (sometimes initial ca

More examples(as adjective)

"foibles can be baroque of explanations."

"styles can be baroque."

"musics can be baroque."

"palaces can be baroque."

"faades can be baroque."

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Mid 18th century: from French (originally designating a pearl of irregular shape), from Portuguese barroco, Spanish barrueco, or Italian barocco; of unknown ultimate origin.