Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A style of decoration and architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, characterized particularly by the depiction of leaves and flowers in flowing, sinuous lines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A decorative style of art and architecture that especially used the sinuous and flowing lines of plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A name given to a secession movement in art which had its origin in Paris at the close of the nineteenth century, and is still in process of development.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a French school of art and architecture popular in the 1890s; characterized by stylized natural forms and sinuous outlines of such objects as leaves and vines and flowers

Etymologies

French : art, art + nouveau, new.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French art nouveau (literally "new art"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Specific skills taught include using instruments such as the refractrometer and polariscope to identify diamonds and colored stones, identifying ninety-five types of glass including French cameo, Burmese, and milk glass, dating and evaluating neoclassical, Victorian, and art nouveau furniture, and reading “maker’s marks” to determine the identity of pottery and porcelain objects.

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