ter·​raz·​zo | \ tə-ˈra-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce terrazzo (audio) , -ˈrät-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce terrazzo (audio) \

Definition of terrazzo

: a mosaic flooring consisting of small pieces of marble or granite set in mortar and given a high polish

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Recent Examples on the Web The terrazzo is also easier to cut through if the fruit is smaller. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Not a pastry chef? Here's a Mother's Day ice cream 'cake' to make," 30 Apr. 2021 The 1950s chairs are by MIM, the cocktail table and sconces are custom, the jute rug is by Sika Design, and the floors are hand-poured terrazzo. Laura May Todd, ELLE Decor, "The Perfect Backdrop for an Aperitivo? This Restored Stone Villa on Capri," 22 Apr. 2021 The duo used as many natural materials as possible; lime plaster lines the walls, recycled rock creates the terrazzo, and the marble is repurposed from other construction projects. Sam Sussman, Vogue, "Meet the Designer Couple Behind this Dreamy Joshua Tree Airbnb," 2 Apr. 2021 To counteract the dimness, Gilliam and her team experimented with different ceiling treatments, leveraged lighting, and incorporated shiny materials like glass and the terrazzo. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "Rhythm Infuses the Design of This New Nashville Museum," 30 Mar. 2021 The collection is made up of eight prints inspired by traditional tile designs, including graphic geometric patterns and dupes for terrazzo and Carrara marble. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "This New Peel-and-Stick Tile Makes It So Easy to Refresh Your Floors with Bold Style," 23 Mar. 2021 In the bathroom, peel-and-stick wallpaper in a large-scale terrazzo pattern crowns a thin sheet of brass stretched on the wall behind the vanity for an inexpensive and attractive backsplash option. Sarah Wolf Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, "Easy DIY Projects and a Rainbow of Color Add Sunny Style to This 1905 Victorian Home," 16 Mar. 2021 In the penthouse, it has been incorporated in an innovative way: Venetian terrazzo floors are combined with geometric tiles of Ceppo for a new and classic look. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, "Patricia Urquiola Returns To Lake Como With A ‘Masterclass’ In Design," 10 Mar. 2021 The plan is to install new floors themselves: vinyl plank and perhaps an epoxy that mimics the look of terrazzo. Emma Alpern, Curbed, "A Florida Family Bought the Viral Shag-Carpet House Without Setting Foot Inside," 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of terrazzo

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for terrazzo

Italian, literally, terrace, perhaps from Old Occitan terrassa

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The first known use of terrazzo was in 1895

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“Terrazzo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrazzo. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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