cloi·​son·​né ˌklȯi-zə-ˈnā How to pronounce cloisonné (audio)
variants or less commonly cloisonne
: of, relating to, or being a style of enamel decoration in which the enamel is applied and fired in raised cells (as of soldered wires) on a usually metal background compare champlevé
cloisonné noun

Examples of cloisonné in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chinese carved teak furniture perched on Persian rugs, colorful Japanese lanterns dangled from the ceiling, cloisonne objects filled the mantel, and the rooms boasted other artifacts from Asia and the Middle East. The Oregonian/oregonlive,, 10 June 2017

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Word History


French, from past participle of cloisonner to partition

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cloisonné was in 1863

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“Cloisonné.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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