Definition of art deco in US English:

art deco

noun

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

art deco

/ˌɑrt ˈdɛkoʊ//ˌärt ˈdekō/