1. alsoBaroqueOf, relating to, or characteristic of a style in art and architecture developed in Europe from the early 17th to mid-18th century, emphasizing dramatic, often strained effect and typified by bold, curving forms, elaborate ornamentation, and overall balance of disparate parts.
2. alsoBaroqueMusic Of, relating to, or characteristic of a style of composition that flourished in Europe from about 1600 to 1750, marked by expressive dissonance and elaborate ornamentation.
3. Extravagant, complex, or bizarre, especially in ornamentation:"the baroque, encoded language of post-structural legal and literary theory"(Wendy Kaminer).
4. Irregular in shape:baroque pearls.
The baroque style or period in art, architecture, or music.
[French, fromItalianbarocco, imperfect pearl, and fromPortuguesebarroco.]
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top: interior of St. Peter's Church, Vienna, Austria
bottom: façade of St. Gallen Abbey, St. Gallen, Switzerland
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