Definition of maquette
: a usually small preliminary model (as of a sculpture or a building)
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Did You Know?
Maquette came to English directly from French, first appearing in our language in the late 19th century. The French word, which possesses the same meaning as its English descendant, derived from the Italian noun macchietta, meaning "sketch," and ultimately from Latin macula, meaning "spot." Maquettes are generally intended to serve as rough models of larger designs. Architects make maquettes of their buildings, and sculptors often create maquettes in wax or clay to help them realize the final sculpture. As an aside, you might spot something familiar in the word's Latin ancestor. The term "macula" in English refers to a spot (such as one on the eye) that is different from surrounding tissue; this is where we get the term "macular degeneration."
Origin and Etymology of maquette
French, from Italian macchietta sketch, diminutive of macchia, ultimately from Latin macula spot
First Known Use: 1880
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