ga·​droon gə-ˈdrün How to pronounce gadroon (audio)
: the ornamental notching or carving of a rounded molding
: a short often oval fluting or reeding used in decoration
gadroon transitive verb
gadrooning noun

Examples of gadroon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The watch boasts a rich green dial with a gadroon motif and subdials for the calendar indications and moon phases. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 6 Feb. 2023 Sold with a stainless steel bracelet, it is endowed with a new interchangeable strap system, SingleTouch, and comes with a rubber strap with the pattern of the gadroon dial on it. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 6 Feb. 2023 The model is complete with the option of a rubber strap or bracelet, both of which echo the gadroon pattern on the dial. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2023

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Word History


borrowed from French godron, going back to Middle French goderon "concave ornamentation on a drinking vessel," probably from godet "cup without a foot or handle" (probably derivative from the Germanic base of Middle Dutch codde "cylindrical piece of wood") + -eron, diminutive suffix — more at codpiece

First Known Use

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gadroon was in 1694

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Cite this Entry

“Gadroon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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