art deco

art deco

noun
a style of decorative art developed originally in the 1920s with a revival in the 1960s, marked chiefly by geometric motifs, curvilinear forms, sharply defined outlines, often bold colors, and the use of synthetic materials, as plastics.
Also, Art Deco.
Also called deco, Deco.


Origin:
1965–70; < French Art Déco, shortened from Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, an exposition of modern decorative and industrial arts held in Paris, France, in 1925

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Art Deco (ˈdɛkəʊ)
 
n
a.  a style of interior decoration, jewellery, architecture, etc, at its height in the 1930s and characterized by geometrical shapes, stylized natural forms, and symmetrical utilitarian designs adapted to mass production
 b.  (as modifier): an Art-Deco carpet
 
[C20: shortened from art décoratif, after the Exposition des arts décoratifs held in Paris in 1925]

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art deco
"decorative and architectural style of the period 19251940" is first attested 1966, from Fr. art décoratif, lit. "decorative art," from L'Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris 1925.
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