Definition of art deco in English:

art deco


  • [mass noun] The predominant decorative art style of the 1920s and 1930s, characterized by precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colours and used most notably in household objects and in architecture.

    • ‘Some of his buildings have a classical ground floor, a tropical Gothic first storey and then change to art deco or even Scotch Baronial half way up.’
    • ‘Champions of art deco found it in expensive public buildings and fashionable private collections.’
    • ‘Light touches of art deco give the sparely decorated room an uptown feel.’
    • ‘The Prince dates from the 1920s - art deco - and to me it just is Paris.’
    • ‘The building itself was art deco, straight from the 1920s when the gazette was started.’
    • ‘It had no place in the classical canon nor could it comfortably coexist with its successor, the squared-off art deco style.’
    • ‘The en suite is art deco in style with tiled floors and mosaic wall tiling.’
    • ‘We chatted in her impeccably decorated Mayla Guest Lodge, art deco wherever you look, a cigar room even.’
    • ‘Many bathroom companies offer a ‘traditional’ range of styles that includes art deco.’
    • ‘On the other side of the glass and mahogany door, the room, furnished with art deco lamps, bistro mirrors and very little else, was heaving.’
    • ‘Renaissance London also has a large range of Victorian cast-iron, English art deco and French decorative radiators.’
    • ‘The emerging style at the time was art deco, which was never her forte.’
    • ‘I have a thing for art deco, and this satisfied it nicely.’
    • ‘Of all the hotels in London it's one of the most beautiful; art deco throughout and with a ballroom that looks like it was taken straight from the Titanic.’
    • ‘Eventually I noticed this was neither a hotel nor art deco, which made it unique on the Drive.’
    • ‘It is a very rare example of English art deco: the style of the 1925 exhibition, rather than that of the Hoover Factory.’
    • ‘A blueprint for the restoration of Morecambe's famous art deco Midland Hotel has been lodged with Lancaster City Council.’
    • ‘Her first container was a conical shaped glass vase, very art deco.’
    • ‘One of the main features of art deco and interwar housing is the slender, steel-framed windows.’
    • ‘The dominant colour is chocolate and cream while the dominant era is 1930s art deco.’


1960s: shortened from French art décoratif decorative art, from the 1925 Exposition des Arts décoratifs in Paris.


art deco

/ˌɑːt ˈdɛkəʊ/