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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French grotesque (French grotesque), from Italian grottesco (of a cave), from grotta. Compare English grotto.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

grotesque (comparative grotesquer, superlative grotesquest)

  1. distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
  2. disgusting or otherwise viscerally reviling.
  3. (typography) sans serif.

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NounEdit

grotesque (plural grotesques)

  1. A style of ornamentation characterized by fanciful combinations of intertwined forms.
  2. Anything grotesque.
    • 2016 February 23, Robbie Collin, “Grimsby review: ' Sacha Baron Cohen's vital, venomous action movie'”, in The Daily Telegraph (London):
      He’s also the new character from Sacha Baron Cohen, the man behind Ali G, Borat and Brüno: that unholy trinity of comic grotesques that told us a lot more about ourselves than we’d like to admit.
  3. (typography) A sans serif typeface.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Italian grottesco (of a cave), from grotta.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

grotesque (plural grotesques)

  1. farcical (ridiculous)
  2. grotesque

NounEdit

grotesque m (plural grotesques)

  1. grotesqueness

Further readingEdit


Middle FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

grotesque m, f (plural grotesques)

  1. farcical (ridiculous)

NounEdit

grotesque f (plural grotesques)

  1. small cave
  2. ornament

ReferencesEdit

  • (fr) Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (grotesque, supplement)