An architectural style that originated in twelfth-century France. It was characterized by the use of flying buttresses, pointed arches, and ribbed vaults.
Related term(s): Flying Buttress; Romanesque
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.