One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of Spanish architecture) richly ornamented in a low-relief style suggesting silver work.
- ‘In the sixteenth century the new towns on the Spanish islands were a compilation of mixed styles dominated by the plateresque style, although there were also many Gothic and Romanesque elements.’
- ‘Muslim culture, as absorbed by Spanish Christians, also indirectly influenced the New World in the form of family honor codes, home design and the plateresque style of architecture.’
Late 19th century: from Spanish plateresco, from platero ‘silversmith’, from plata ‘silver’.
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