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 Inspired by the forceful fretwork of the pioneering bluegrass bandleader Jimmy Martin, Mr. Rice’s flatpicking was singularly nimble and expressive. New York Times, "Tony Rice, Bluegrass Innovator With a Guitar Pick, Dies at 69," 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,, "Tapping into the genius of Eddie Van Halen," 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, "Fact Frenzy: How well do you know your Minnesota history?," 6 Sep. 2020 In addition to his timeless fretwork, Hood is also co-founder of Sheffield’s iconic Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Matt Wake |, al, "Rolling Stone’s 50 greatest bassists list boasts Muscle Shoals icon," 1 July 2020 Gingerbread fretwork gives it a quaint charm, as does the rustic wall of native stone, speckled with seashells, that surrounds the property. Roxana Popescu, New York Times, "A Modern Three-Bedroom House on St. John," 4 Mar. 2020 Tom Petty Mike Campbell’s clever concise fretwork is just as unforgettable as Mr. Petty’s pop-rock masterpieces. Matt Wake |, al, "The top 10 solo stars to play guitar for ever," 28 Apr. 2020 Beyond the sitting room are the remains of a wood frame with fretwork, dividing what would have been the shop from the rear living area, and a vestibule with a replica of the original staircase and tall, louvered doors that open to the courtyard. New York Times, "House Hunting in Malaysia: A Restored Rowhouse in Penang," 15 Apr. 2020 This bench—crafted from Himalayan sheesham wood—is antique-looking in the best of ways, with a beautiful fretwork patterning on the back panel and a slightly distressed finish. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "12 amazing things to buy from this popular Home Depot luxury brand," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of fretwork

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fretwork was in 1601

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“Fretwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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