Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

niello

play
noun ni·el·lo \nē-ˈe-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of niello

plural ni·el·li play \-(ˌ)lē\ or niellos

  1. 1 :  any of several black enamel-like alloys usually of sulfur with silver, copper, and lead

  2. 2 :  the art or process of decorating metal with incised designs filled with niello

  3. 3 :  a piece of metal or an object decorated with niello



Origin of niello

Italian, from Medieval Latin nigellum, from neuter of Latin nigellus blackish, diminutive of niger black


First Known Use: 1816


2

niello

verb ni·el·lo

Definition of niello

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to inlay or ornament with niello



1866

First Known Use of niello

1866

Rhymes with niello


Learn More about niello


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up niello? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 100 pounds 196.5 pounds 2.2 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ