1. Somewhat resembling the Roman; applied sometimes to the debased style of the later Roman empire, but especially. To the more developed architecture prevailing from the 8th century to the 12th.

2. Of or pertaining to romance or fable; fanciful. Romanesque style, that which grew up from the attempts of barbarous people to copy Roman architecture and apply it to their own purposes. This term is loosely applied to all the styles of Western Europe, from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the appearance of Gothic architecture.

Origin: F. Romanesque; cf. It. Romanesco.

Romanesque style.

(01 Mar 1998)

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