noun mar·que·try \ˈmär-kə-trē\

Definition of MARQUETRY

:  decorative work in which elaborate patterns are formed by the insertion of pieces of material (as wood, shell, or ivory) into a wood veneer that is then applied to a surface (as of a piece of furniture)

Variants of MARQUETRY

mar·que·try also mar·que·terie \ˈmär-kə-trē\

Illustration of MARQUETRY


Middle French marqueterie, from marqueter to checker, inlay, from marque mark
First Known Use: 1563

Rhymes with MARQUETRY


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