scrollwork

noun
scroll·​work | \ ˈskrōl-ˌwərk How to pronounce scrollwork (audio) \

Definition of scrollwork

: ornamentation characterized by scrolls especially : fancy designs in wood often made with a scroll saw

Examples of scrollwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Snowflakes, lanterns and scrollwork based on the iron gates beckon you across. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Winterlights at Newfields 2020: What to know about the holiday lights show in Indianapolis," 20 Oct. 2020 This pretty little gun features a very streamlined boxlock design with a single trigger, 26 lines-per-inch checkering, clean but attractive scrollwork, and the option of a straight or pistol grip stock. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Best Shotguns: 7 Great 28 Gauges for Upland Hunting," 15 June 2020 Among the turquoise scrollwork and wrappings are inlays that depict morel mushrooms, oak leaves, and gobblers. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "The 16 Most Awesome Turkey And Duck Calls You’ve Ever Seen," 19 Feb. 2020 The diamond and platinum tiara features leaf motifs and floral scrollwork, and was commissioned by Garrard. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "A Complete Timeline of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's Relationship," 8 Oct. 2018 The 400 guests perched on mirrored cubes amid the great stone ruins to watch the show after nightfall, the runway strafed by fire and lit by the flickering of iron candelabras with elaborate scrollwork. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Gucci Has a Rave in a Cemetery," 31 May 2018 An intricate lace pattern of scrollwork, leaves and vines adorned the bodice, cascading down the front panel of the dress and continuing in a wide band around the hem. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Rex, Comus continue 100-plus year tradition at their Carnival balls," 14 Feb. 2018 While the music racks of most high-style Victorian pianos were of elaborately carved and pierced wood, this one is fashioned of chased and engraved copper, brass and silver, with a delicate pierce-work surround of brass scrollwork and palmettes. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "Ornate Design That Strikes an Elegant Note," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of scrollwork

1739, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2020

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“Scrollwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrollwork. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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