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marquetry

Line breaks: mar|quet¦ry
Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːkɪtri
 
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Definition of marquetry in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Inlaid work made from small pieces of coloured wood or other materials, used for the decoration of furniture: [as modifier]: a restored marquetry table top
More example sentences
  • In style, portable furniture imitated stationary pieces but often lacked omamentation such as marquetry, inlays, or elaborate mounts.
  • The high cost of the exotic woods often used for the veneers and pictorial marquetry decoration meant that these materials had to be used sparingly.
  • Although he did not invent the technique of lavishly veneering furniture with marquetry of exotic tortoiseshell, pewter and brass and variously coloured woods which is named after him, he was, without doubt, its greatest exponent.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French marqueterie, from marqueter 'to variegate'.

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