Of or relating to an early 20th-century modernist school of architecture and design noted for its use of rectilinear forms, plain unadorned surfaces, and techniques and materials associated with industrial production.
[German, an architecture school founded by Walter Gropius : Bau, construction, architecture (from Middle High German bū, building, from Old High German, from būan, to dwell, settle; see bheuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + Haus, house (from Middle High German hūs, from Old High German).]
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