openwork

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

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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 sheets have tactility and an appealing openwork look. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "These Are the New Names to Know From Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2021," 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, "The Intersection of Haute Couture and Watchmaking," 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, "Why Didn't Queen Elizabeth II Wear the Imperial State Crown for the Queen's Speech?," 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, "Why Didn't Queen Elizabeth II Wear the Imperial State Crown for the Queen's Speech?," 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, "This Man Has Helped Give 460 Dead Whales a Second Life—As Art," 9 Apr. 2018 The butsudan are cabinets of lacquer and gilt, with openwork carvings of flowers and trees; the ihai are upright tablets of black lacquered wood, vertically inscribed in gold. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Ghosts of the Tsunami," 25 Oct. 2017 The butsudan are cabinets of lacquer and gilt, with openwork carvings of flowers and trees Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Ghosts of the Tsunami," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of openwork

1583, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of openwork was in 1583

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15 Mar 2021

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“Openwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/openwork. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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openwork

noun

English Language Learners Definition of openwork

: decoration that consists of designs made with openings or holes

openwork

noun
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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