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

  • n. Sentimentality or vulgar, often pretentious bad taste, especially in the arts: "When money tries to buy beauty it tends to purchase a kind of courteous kitsch” ( William H. Gass).
  • n. An example or examples of kitsch.
  • adj. Of, being, or characterized by kitsch: "The kitsch kitchen ... has aqua-and-white gingham curtains and rubber duck-yellow walls painted in a fried-egg motif” ( Suzanne Cassidy).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Art, decorative objects and other forms of representation of questionable artistic or aesthetic value; a representation that is excessively sentimental, overdone, or vulgar.
  • adj. Said especially of art and decor that is considered of questionable aesthetic value; excessively sentimental, overdone or vulgar.

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

  • n. excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste


German, probably of dialectal origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Kitsch, from dialectal kitschen ("to coat, to smear"), the word and concept were popularized in the 1930's by several critics who opposed it to avant garde art. (Wiktionary)



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