maquette

noun
ma·quette | \ma-ˈket \

Definition of maquette 

: a usually small preliminary model (as of a sculpture or a building)

Keep scrolling for more

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."

Examples of maquette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The exhibit at the Glade Cultural Center includes maquettes of life size sculptures throughout the country — Major General James Earl Rudder at Texas A&M University, Col. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Lawrence Ludtke sculptures featured at Glade Cultural Center," 12 May 2018 Erik Ludtke, the son of Ludtke, and his wife, Laura, told the stories behind several of the maquettes displayed at the Glade Cultural Center. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Lawrence Ludtke sculptures featured at Glade Cultural Center," 12 May 2018 Those cabins are sited on James Benning’s property in Pine Flat, but maquettes of them have been shown in museums all over the world. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "L.A. Author Rachel Kushner Takes On California’s “So-Called ‘Justice’ System” in Her New Book," 2 May 2018 Naperville Century Walk last week approved an 18-inch maquette of the statue designed by David Alan Clark, a Wyoming artist. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Design for a Laughing Lincoln statue in Naperville's Central Park approved," 2 May 2018 Media: Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle Coppini created a maquette of what the statue was to look like, a first draft of sorts, to be auctioned off to raise funds for the victims of the natural disaster. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The story behind a lost statue honoring victims of Galveston's deadly 1900 hurricane," 25 Apr. 2018 His past projects -- curated cabinets of curiosities, maquettes of childrens' rooms and artists' studios, a fallen tree rehousedin a robotic greenhouse -- delight in their aesthetic achievements. Pelican Bomb, NOLA.com, "Been wondering about that mysterious cottage on the Algiers Point levee?," 23 Jan. 2018 These are notes, maquettes, drawings and sketches, some of which have never been seen in public. Anne Tschida, miamiherald, "Frank Stella’s experiments changed American art. See them in Fort Lauderdale," 21 Dec. 2017 Visiting del Toro’s house one night, Hill noticed a maquette of a gilled man, which del Toro explained was for his new movie. Katey Rich, HWD, "How The Shape of Water’s Aquatic Beast Got So Sexy," 15 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'maquette.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of maquette

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maquette

French, from Italian macchietta sketch, diminutive of macchia, ultimately from Latin macula spot

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about maquette

Listen to Our Podcast about maquette

Dictionary Entries near maquette

Mapuche

Maputo

MAQ

maquette

maqui

maquiladora

maquillage

Statistics for maquette

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for maquette

The first known use of maquette was in 1880

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on maquette

See words that rhyme with maquette

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about maquette

Comments on maquette

What made you want to look up maquette? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!