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 Word Origin1960s: shortened from French art décoratif ‘decorative art’, from the 1925 Exposition des Arts décoratifs in Paris. 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.
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