Definition of intarsia in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈtärsēə/


[often as modifier]
1A method of knitting with a number of colors, in which a separate length or ball of yarn is used for each area of color (as opposed to different yarns being carried at the back of the work): an intarsia design
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  • Individual colours can be tinted to order and various intarsia designs can be milled onto the Durat surface.
  • Printed knits with vintage flora, graphic symbols, graffiti and ethnic motifs will stand alongside true intarsia rose knits.
  • The Animal Knits book has some great intarsia patterns for kids sweaters/blankets, etc.
2An elaborate form of marquetry using inlays in wood, especially as practiced in 15th-century Italy.
Example sentences
  • The intricate intarsia (inlaid wood decoration) of the studiolo also illustrates how innovative art of the period required the purchasing power and political authority of influential patronage.
  • This includes cottage crafts, intarsia woodwork, beautiful lampshades, jewellery, embroidery, candlewicking and heaps more.
  • The carved chests and the intarsia tables could not be found in the miserable huts of the poorer strata.
2.1Similar inlaid work in stone, metal, or glass.
Example sentences
  • Here the detailing was fine and at the corners inlaid with an intarsia of different obsidians polished smooth.
  • In the 1480s he was involved in a variety of commissions, including a design for an intarsia pavement and the execution of the monument to Bishop Piccolomini, both in Siena Cathedral.
  • The candy-striped Duomo must be the only Christian church anywhere to host - on the intarsia marble floor - a portrait of that old neo-Platonic magus, Hermes Trismegistus.


From Italian intarsio; sense 2 superseding earlier tarsia (from Italian, 'marquetry'); the knitting term dates from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with intarsia

mahseer, Marcia, tarsier

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Syllabification: in·tar·si·a

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