Meaning of “mannerism” in the English Dictionary

"mannerism" in British English

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mannerismnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmæn.ər.ɪ.zəm/ us /ˈmæn.ɚ.ɪ.zəm/

Mannerismnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmæn.ər.ɪ.zəm/ us /ˈmæn.ɚ.ɪ.zəm/ specialized

a style of 16th-century Italian art that did not follow traditional rules of painting and tried to represent an image of beauty that was perfect rather than natural:

Mannerist
noun [ C ] uk /ˈmæn.ər.ɪst/ us /ˈmæn.ɚ.ɪst/

Leading Mannerists include Parmigiano and Giulio Romano, whose pictures are painted in deep, rich colours.

(Definition of “mannerism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mannerism" in American English

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mannerismnoun [ C ]

us /ˈmæn·əˌrɪz·əm/

something that a person does repeatedly with the face, hands, or voice, esp. a habit that the person is not aware of:

We’ve spent so much time together that we’ve picked up each other’s mannerisms.

(Definition of “mannerism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)