noun (plural or pronounced same)
Ornamental tooling used in bookbinding, resembling lace edging.
- 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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