Definition of dentelle in English:


Line breaks: den|telle
Pronunciation: /dɛnˈtɛl

noun (plural pronunc. same)

[mass noun]
  • Ornamental tooling used in bookbinding, resembling lace edging: [as modifier]: dentelle borders [count noun]: inner gilt dentelles
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    • 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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