sha·​green sha-ˈgrēn How to pronounce shagreen (audio)
: an untanned leather covered with small round granulations and usually dyed green
: the rough skin of various sharks and rays when covered with small close-set tubercles
shagreen adjective

Examples of shagreen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Materials like mother-of-pearl panels and shagreen were added for softness. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 12 Oct. 2023 The modern spaces are accented by mercury-glass mirrors and brass bowtie drawer pulls, while surfaces are covered with gray wood veneer, pearlescent shagreen, and Arabescato marble. David Morris, Travel + Leisure, 18 Sep. 2023 The table is swathed in shagreen, which has become synonymous with Aerin, from luxury shagreen backgammon sets to pieces of decor to furniture. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2022 And for players drawn toward minimal elegance, Aerin’s tiles are made with white melamine and contained in a shagreen box. Lindsey Tramuta Jameson Montgomery Juan A. Ramírez Ellie Pithers Gisela Williams Amy Fang, New York Times, 25 May 2023 Patinaed urns demarcate the dining space, and an antique shagreen table offers a refined landing spot in the salon at the rear of the great room, where a conical reflector from an old lighthouse becomes art and vintage seabird figurines from the Paris zoo perch on the fireplace mantel. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 Aerin makes a fancy Jenga, the classic balancing game, with blocks made of beech, stored in a cream or brown shagreen box with brass detailing. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2019 The coffee table is covered in shagreen with an iron base. Mimi Read, House Beautiful, 25 Sep. 2014 Clam shell and shagreen clutch with detachable chain strap. Carol McColgin, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 July 2018 See More

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Word History


by folk etymology from French chagrin, modification of Turkish sağrı

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shagreen was in 1677

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“Shagreen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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