Definition of art deco noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


art deco

BrE BrE//ˌɑːt ˈdekəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɑːrt ˈdekoʊ//
(also Art Deco) [uncountable] Architectural styles
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a popular style of decorative art in the 1920s and 1930s that has geometric shapes with clear outlines and bright strong colours See related entries: Architectural styles Culture Modern materials such as chrome and plastic are used in art deco. Many of New York's famous buildings are influenced by art deco. Word Origin 1960s: shortened from French art décoratif ‘decorative art’, from the 1925 Exposition des Arts décoratifs in Paris.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: art deco