scroll·​work ˈskrōl-ˌwərk How to pronounce scrollwork (audio)
: 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 The white oven is covered in golden scrollwork depicting the 12 days of Christmas. Gabriela Izquierdo, Southern Living, 6 Dec. 2023 Series creator Jon Favreau pointed her to Jewish temples and the scrollwork on the shawls worn by head rabbis. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 11 Aug. 2023 Pragmatism aside, these railings often boast classic scrollwork and intricate motifs—bringing an elegant je ne sais quoi to your backyard. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 18 July 2023 Finally, there are decorative garden lights that add personality and whimsey to gardens, often featuring metal scrollwork and a globe light source. Katie Kommer, Popular Mechanics, 31 May 2023 Stepping through the entrance’s iron scrollwork doors, visitors enter a pavilion at once fantastical and mystical. Stephanie Sporn, Vogue, 15 June 2023 The custom Garrard tiara is made from platinum with diamonds and is worked in leaf motifs and floral scrollwork and is thought to have been a wedding gift for Ferguson from Beatrice's grandparents, the late Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 2 June 2023 The windows still feature decorative scrollwork with hearts, circles and diamonds. Michael Levenson,, 13 May 2023 The five-story building, designed with England’s Renaissance Jacobethan-style elements of brick, quoins and flat scrollwork, sits on a half-block parcel that was once the site of an 1880s Italianate-style mansion with a towering porte-cochere fronting a wraparound porch. oregonlive, 13 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrollwork was in 1739

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“Scrollwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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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