Definition of guilloche in English:


Line breaks: guil|loche
Pronunciation: /gɪˈləʊʃ
, -ˈlɒʃ/


[mass noun]
  • Ornamentation resembling braided or interlaced ribbons: a wide strip of eight-strand guilloche [as modifier]: a guilloche border
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    • In the carpet a foliate guilloche border replaced the geometric, more architectural guilloche border of the drawing.
    • In addition, the decoration incorporates translucent, opaque, guilloche, and champleve enamels as well as a garland of cast-gold and enameled flowers.
    • Registers of incised lotus chains, guilloche, and wave patterns, separated by sets of ridges, decorate the surface of the Azoria piece.


mid 19th century: from French guillochis, denoting the ornamentation, or guilloche, a carving tool.

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