fret·​work | \ ˈfret-ˌwərk How to pronounce fretwork (audio) \

Definition of fretwork

1 : decoration consisting of work adorned with frets
2 : ornamental openwork or work in relief

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Recent Examples on the Web But it is used for concerts and is positioned between floor-to-ceiling windows adorn with Wright’s geometric wood fretwork. oregonlive, "Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale leads a $5 singalong fundraiser at Oregon’s only Frank Lloyd Wright house," 12 Sep. 2019 The sound of tires rolling over tarmac isn’t just the rare force known to diminish the power of Tom Shulz’s fretwork. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Bridgestone's New Tire Makes Driving Electric as Quiet as It Should Be," 5 June 2019 There are photos of him at the iconic Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech, dressed as colorfully as the geometric tile and fretwork that dance up columns and decorate doors. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Designer and Glamour Boy Amine Bendriouich Puts a Unisex Spin on Dressing à la Marocaine," 5 Sep. 2018 Location: On Skyline on the north Peninsula The Tafoni: The Tafoni is a 50-foot sandstone tower with etched fretwork, holes and crevices. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway to El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve," 20 May 2018 And its people—despite the language barrier and the elaborate and daunting fretwork of etiquette that accompanies even the smallest interactions—are no more or less opaque than any other. Hanya Yanagihara, Town & Country, "The Transporting Daily Ritual of the Japanese Evening Bath," 8 Dec. 2017 Lindsey Buckingham, the guitar virtuoso whose prolific songwriting and precision fretwork helped launch Fleetwood Mac into the rock stratosphere as one of the best-selling acts in history, is reportedly out of the group. Jordan Runtagh,, "Lindsey Buckingham Reportedly Fired from Fleetwood Mac: 'The Band Wishes Lindsey All the Best'," 10 Apr. 2018 The solid banana-fiber shade, laid over copper wire, contrasts nicely with the airy bookshelf and the chair back’s open fretwork. Kelly Michèle Guerotto, WSJ, "Décor Challenge: Can Eastern and Western Styles Coexist?," 5 Apr. 2018 Straw marquetry covered the walls, wood fretwork was painted to look like white enamel, and the air was filled with the aroma of sandalwood incense. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Diving for Starfish’ Review: The Affair L’Étoile de Mer," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fretwork

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fretwork.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fretwork

: patterns or decoration on a surface made by cutting into or through the surface

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