noun, often attributive
open·​work | \ ˈō-pən-ˌwərk How to pronounce openwork (audio) \

Definition of openwork

: work constructed so as to show openings through its substance : work that is perforated or pierced wrought-iron openwork

Other Words from openwork

open-worked \ ˈō-​pən-​ˌwərkt How to pronounce openwork (audio) \ adjective

Examples of openwork in a Sentence

a potter who decorates her vases with openwork
Recent Examples on the Web The openwork diamond piece was ordered from Boucheron in 1921. Jennifer Newman, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 Jasmine Savoy Brown in openwork diamond choker necklace. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 As examples, Piccioli cites a skirt crafted from small squares of yellow cashmere, knotted together into an openwork grid, and a masterful trench coat in which the back flap somehow morphs into the sleeves. Bridget Foley, Town & Country, 15 May 2021 The sheets have tactility and an appealing openwork look. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 3 Mar. 2021 This year, the Dior Grand Bal Ruban features an openwork bow carved on the oscillating weight, swinging atop a dial with either a blue sunburst or a bed of pink and gold feathers. Nazanin Lankarani, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, the diadem, which was made for King George IV in 1820, features an openwork silver frame and 1,333 diamonds, according to the Royal Collection Trust. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Oct. 2019 The Imperial State Crown, which was made for King George VI's coronation in 1937, features an openwork gold frame, a purple velvet cap, 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 269 pearls, according to the Royal Collection Trust. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Oct. 2019 Many of the bones end up as jewelry or staffs carved in the distinctive flowing, openwork style of Maori art, which often features fierce and beautiful stylized human figures, spirals, and fishhooks. National Geographic, 9 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of openwork

1583, in the meaning defined above

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“Openwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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open·​work | \ ˈō-pən-ˌwərk How to pronounce openwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of openwork

: something made or work done so as to show spaces through the fabric or material


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