scroll·​work ˈskrōl-ˌwərk How to pronounce scrollwork (audio)
: ornamentation characterized by scrolls
especially : fancy designs in wood often made with a scroll saw

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Best Yard & Garden Prime Day Deals Add this pretty trellised garden arch to you backyard for a touch of Victorian charm, with a rustic brown metal frame and pretty iron scrollwork. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 12 Oct. 2022 The change of seasons also kicks up winds on Mars, and that can cause everything from dust devils which leave incredibly beautiful scrollwork on the surface to planet-wide dust storms. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 14 Sep. 2011 This small, attractive outdoor firewood rack has a separate rack that hooks to the top finished with decorative scrollwork for small branches and other kindling. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 9 Nov. 2022 There’s intricate scrollwork throughout that adds flair to the overall design, with a matte-black finish. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 24 May 2022 This whimsical outdoor plant stand with metal scrollwork recollects a vintage ice cream cart, and offers a fantastic place to display your blooms and greens. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 22 June 2022 This garden arch is both attractive and functional, with a bench flanked by a wide arch, featuring scrollwork with a pretty heart design. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 24 May 2022 Romantic scrollwork is the perfect backdrop for a vintage slipper chair paired with a petite table from Artisans du Liban et d’Orient at the chic Beit Trad guesthouse in Lebanon. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 10 May 2022 Hidden in the filigreed scrollwork is a bas-relief of St. George on a horse fighting a dragon. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scrollwork was in 1739

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Cite this Entry

“Scrollwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


scroll·​work -ˌwərk How to pronounce scrollwork (audio)
: ornamental work (as in metal or wood) having a scroll or scrolls

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