aesthete
a person who is appreciative of or sensitive to art and beauty.
Aves
A prayer, usually to the Virgin Mary: Ave Maria.
Creole
In the United States, the word "Creole" refers to people who are descended from settlers in colonial French Lousiana before it became a part of the United States.
curlicue
a decorative curl or twist
en garde
On guard - be aware, be cautious.
kerosene
a highly flammable liquid used as fuel
oratory
small prayer room
paramour
a lover. As Rice's vampires cannot experience sexual love, this refers to romantic love.
proscenium arch
an arch framing the opening between the stage and the auditorium.
spinet
A spinet is a small harpischord, popular in the eighteenth century.
vampire eyes
The phrase Louis uses to describe the world as seen through his new eyes: the additional details, the hidden truths, that mortals cannot see.