Definition of pietra dura in English:

pietra dura

Line breaks: pi¦etra dura
Pronunciation: /ˌpjɛtrə ˈduːrə


[mass noun]
Pictorial mosaic work using semi-precious stones, typically for table tops and other furniture: panels of pietra dura [as modifier]: a Florentine pietra dura top
More example sentences
  • A perfect case in point was the fabulous Florentine pietra dura table top offered by Christie's on 9 June.
  • Always eager to experiment, he also perfected pietra dura mosaic.
  • A expert craftsman can use it not only to imitate pietra dura but also to achieve almost painterly effects.


early 19th century: from Italian (plural pietre dure), literally 'hard stone'.

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