follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

Romanesque

[roh-muh-nesk] /ˌroʊ məˈnɛsk/
adjective
1.
noting or pertaining to the style of architecture prevailing in western or southern Europe from the 9th through the 12th centuries, characterized by heavy masonry construction with narrow openings, features such as the round arch, the groin vault, and the barrel vault, and the introduction or development of the vaulting rib, the vaulting shaft, and central and western towers for churches.
2.
pertaining to or designating the styles of sculpture, painting, or ornamentation of the corresponding period.
3.
(lowercase) of or pertaining to fanciful or extravagant literature, as romance or fable; fanciful.
noun
4.
the Romanesque style of art or architecture.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; Roman + -esque; compare French romanesque romantic
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for Romanesque

Romanesque

/ˌrəʊməˈnɛsk/
adjective
1.
denoting, relating to, or having the style of architecture used in W and S Europe from the 9th to the 12th century, characterized by the rounded arch, the groin vault, massive-masonry wall construction, and a restrained use of mouldings See also Norman (sense 6)
2.
denoting or relating to a corresponding style in painting, sculpture, etc
Word Origin
C18: see Roman, -esque
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Romanesque
adj.

1715, originally "descended from Latin" (cf. romance), later "architectural style in Europe between Roman and Gothic periods" (1819), from Roman, influenced by French romanesque, from Late Latin Romanice "in Vulgar Latin" (see romance (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Romanesque in Culture
Romanesque [(roh-muh-nesk)]

A style of architecture and art common in Europe between the ninth and twelfth centuries. It combined elements of the architecture typical of the Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire. The arches on Romanesque buildings are usually semicircular rather than pointed as in Gothic architecture.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Romanesque

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Romanesque

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends