Definition of marquetry
: decorative work in which elaborate patterns are formed by the insertion of pieces of material (such as wood, shell, or ivory) into a wood veneer that is then applied to a surface (as of a piece of furniture)
Recent Examples of marquetry from the Web
Words to know: le macaque: exotic monkey la marqueterie: marquetry or inlay a) The exotic monkey scratched the inlay.
Its exterior is painted lushly in its eponymous color; inside there is a lot of lacquered Italian birch and custom marquetry, and brass fittings galore.
Mom, the biology and anatomy teacher by fall and nurse by summer, runs a Lithuanian preschool class on weekends and is a master of crossword puzzles and crafts ranging from beadwork, mosaics, carpentry, painting, marquetry, sewing, knitting… etc.
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Origin and Etymology of marquetry
Middle French marqueterie, from marqueter to checker, inlay, from marque mark
First Known Use: 1563See Words from the same year
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