|1.||a style of architecture and decoration that originated in France in the early 18th century, characterized by elaborate but graceful, light, ornamentation, often containing asymmetrical motifs|
|2.||an 18th-century style of music characterized by petite prettiness, a decline in the use of counterpoint, and extreme use of ornamentation|
|3.||any florid or excessively ornamental style|
|4.||denoting, being in, or relating to the rococo|
|5.||florid or excessively elaborate|
|[C19: from French, from |
rococoadj. Terminally baroque. Used to imply that a program has become so encrusted with the software equivalent of gold leaf and curlicues that they have completely swamped the underlying design. Called after the later and more extreme forms of Baroque architecture and decoration prevalent during the mid-1700s in Europe. Alan Perlis said: "Every program eventually becomes rococo, and then rubble." Compare critical mass.