Meaning of art nouveau

art nou•veau

Pronunciation: (ärt" n-vō', är" Fr. ar-n-vō'), [key]
— Fine Arts. (often caps.)Fine Arts.
  1. a style of fine and applied art current in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, characterized chiefly by curvilinear motifs often derived from natural forms.
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