guilloche

noun
guil·​loche | \ gi-ˈlōsh How to pronounce guilloche (audio) , gē-ˈ(y)ōsh How to pronounce guilloche (audio) \

Definition of guilloche

1 : an architectural ornament formed of two or more interlaced bands with openings containing round devices
2 : a pattern (as on metalwork) made by interlacing curved lines

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Examples of guilloche in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mechanism is complemented by a gorgeous guilloche dial that adds a touch of subtle elegance. Cara Barrett, Town & Country, "The Newest Trend in Serious Watch Collecting? Women," 21 Sep. 2018 As the dig worked eastward, a decorative ribbon known as a guilloche appeared. National Geographic, "Bible Scenes Uncovered in Ruins of Ancient Synagogue," 5 July 2016 After the tour, Mr. Murphy—regarded by many as the top U.S. watchmaker—contacted the company to discuss guilloche, an age-old watchmaking decoration (also called engine turning)... Michael Clerizo, WSJ, "Handcraft Harmony as Guitar Maker C.F. Martin and RGM Watches Team Up," 24 Mar. 2017 As the dig worked eastward, a decorative ribbon known as a guilloche appeared. National Geographic, "Bible Scenes Uncovered in Ruins of Ancient Synagogue," 5 July 2016 NOMOS: In the watch world, tradition usually refers to the workbench practices of watchmakers: guilloche dials, Geneva stripes or beveled edges on movement bridges. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, "The Watch World’s Evolutionary Movements of the Year," 23 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of guilloche

circa 1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guilloche

French guillochis

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“Guilloche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guilloche. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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