guilloche

noun

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

Illustration of guilloche

Illustration of guilloche
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Examples of guilloche in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The writing instruments crated using traditional guilloche and lacquering techniques. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The base of the dial forms the background for the off-center time dial and features a striking guilloche’ pattern. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The mechanism is complemented by a gorgeous guilloche dial that adds a touch of subtle elegance. Cara Barrett, Town & Country, 21 Sep. 2018 As the dig worked eastward, a decorative ribbon known as a guilloche appeared. National Geographic, 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, 24 Mar. 2017 As the dig worked eastward, a decorative ribbon known as a guilloche appeared. National Geographic, 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, 23 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French guillochis

First Known Use

circa 1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of guilloche was circa 1842

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“Guilloche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guilloche. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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