plateresque

plateresque

[plat-uh-resk]
adjective (sometimes initial capital letter)
noting or pertaining to a 16th-century style of Spanish architecture characterized by profuse applications of delicate low-relief Renaissance ornament to isolated parts of building exteriors.

Origin:
1835–45; < Spanish plateresco, equivalent to plater(o) silversmith (plat(a) silver; see platina + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary) + -esco -esque; so called because the heavy ornamentation of the style suggested decorated silverwork

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To plateresque
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: plater
Next Definition: platetectonic
Words Near: plateresque
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for plateresque
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing plateresque
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature