Definition of Manueline in English:



  • Denoting an ornate style of Portuguese architecture developed during the reign of Manuel I (1495–1521) and characterized by elaborations of Gothic and Renaissance styles.

    • ‘One example of the Manueline mode, as it was called, survives in a 16th Century church-cum-priory built on a prominent headland overlooking miles of open sea.’
    • ‘The Age of Discovery produced the Manueline style in architecture.’
    • ‘This cathedral is done in Manueline style, Portugal's own over-the-top decorative contribution to the world.’
    • ‘The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is the pinnacle of his lavish commissioning and of Manueline architecture, a curiously elaborated version of Gothic.’
    • ‘At this time some of the most lively Gothic art was being produced in Spain, where German and Netherlandish influence had spread deeply; innovation continued in Portugal, with the Manueline style based on marine forms.’