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

Examples of fretwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The design for Audley Square Redevelopment will bring porticos and balconies to the façade of the building, plus sculptural balustrades and ornate fretwork. Amy Dobson, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 Client’s own, modified with finials and fretwork from O’verlays. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 25 Aug. 2021 The red fretwork mirrors were salvaged from the property’s prior house before demolition. Marni Elyse Katz, House Beautiful, 22 July 2021 After the Han dynasty established open trade with the West along the Silk Road in 130 B.C., bronze mirrors began incorporating elements from India, Persia and Egypt, like twisting grapevines, flowers and silver fretwork, according to the Huntington. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Apr. 2021 Tranquil colors, custom wallpaper and geometric wood fretwork, an ornamental element admired by Frank Lloyd Wright, contribute to the tasteful, high-end décor. oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2021 Inspired by the forceful fretwork of the pioneering bluegrass bandleader Jimmy Martin, Mr. Rice’s flatpicking was singularly nimble and expressive. New York Times, 28 Dec. 2020 Eddie played with exuberance, with ease, with feel, things that seemed to be missing from his wannabe rivals’ robotic fretwork. Dan Snierson,, 7 Oct. 2020 But while fiery fretwork has raised his national profile, the hyperprolific Twin Cities musician has nurtured a quieter, acoustic side. Staff Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 6 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of fretwork

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fretwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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