Definition of dentelle in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɛnˈtɛl/

noun (plural pronounced same)

[mass noun]
Ornamental tooling used in bookbinding, resembling lace edging: [as modifier]: dentelle borders [count noun]: inner gilt dentelles
More example sentences
  • The jagged, rocky top is named after the lace (dentelle) it's thought to resemble.
  • The bindings of Padeloup le Jeune often have small tickets with his name upon them; they usually have borders of lacelike gold tooling known as "dentelle" and are often inlaid.


Mid 19th century: from French, 'lace', from dent 'tooth' + the diminutive suffix -elle.

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