Definition of chinoiserie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌSHēnˌwäzəˈrē/ Pronunciation: /ˌSHēnˈwäz(ə)rē/

noun (plural chinoiseries)

1The imitation or evocation of Chinese motifs and techniques in Western art, furniture, and architecture, especially in the 18th century.
Example sentences
  • A passion for Chinese motifs - chinoiserie - preceded and paved the way.
  • In the first quarter of the century chinoiserie was a popular style, exemplified by the pearl and diamond pagoda-shaped earrings of the 1820s shown in Plates IIIa and IIIb.
  • But the word singeries (French singe: ape or monkey) is usually restricted to a particular phase of chinoiserie during the French Régence period.
1.1Chinoiserie objects or decorations: a piece of chinoiserie one room has red velvet and chinoiseries
More example sentences
  • The interiors are all original chinoiseries and stained glass, oil paintings, Meissen porcelain, taffeta and silk.
  • Reber suggested that the artist may have been interpreting (albeit very loosely) some engravings by Jean Pillement, whose chinoiseries were quite widely known at the time, but this is difficult to confirm.
  • Dating to around 1760-75, many bear delicate but thickly applied ‘high-relief’ polychrome enamelled flowers, exotic birds, fruit, chinoiseries and gilt-scrolled borders characteristic of contemporary Chelsea porcelain.


Late 19th century: from French, from chinois 'Chinese'.

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Syllabification: chi·noi·se·rie

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