ter·​raz·​zo | \tə-ˈra-(ˌ)zō, -ˈrät-(ˌ)sō \

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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With interior brick walls, extensive poured terrazzo, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the home has a light and airy feel throughout. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Light-filled midcentury home in Houston asks $890K," 4 Oct. 2018 His is one of more than 2,500 coral terrazzo and brass stars on the two-mile stretch of the popular Hollywood tourist attraction. Samantha Schmidt, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s Walk of Fame star: The West Hollywood City Council wants it permanently removed," 7 Aug. 2018 The Slumans’ unit has 2½ baths, 10½-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, large public spaces, new wide-plank hardwood floors, two en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen with Viking, Sub-Zero and Miele appliances and an oversized gray terrazzo stone counter. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Pro golfer Jeff Sluman lists 21st-floor River North condo for $1.6 million," 22 Feb. 2018 The floors are terrazzo, which doesn’t support bacterial growth, while a stainless-steel wall system is easy to keep sterile and can be adjusted to accommodate new equipment. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The Operating Room of the Future," 28 May 2018 Ever wonder exactly why materials like marble and terrazzo tile are so in right now? Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "16 of the Most Innovative Furniture Designers Who Manufacture in the U.S.," 4 July 2018 The 2,822-square-foot floor plan is a showcase of Midcentury Modern style, with features such as walls of glass, terrazzo floors and a dual-sided fireplace. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Pann’s restaurant owners quietly sell hillside Midcentury for record price in Baldwin Vista," 3 July 2018 And at the Eugene, a project in New York City where monthly rents start at around $3,700, the mailroom has terrazzo floors and mailboxes in a bold red, bronze and gray pattern. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Inside the High-End Mailrooms Wealthy Residents Visit When They’ve Got Mail," 7 June 2018 There are still some signs there for Allegiant and Delta, and portraits of Elvis Presley and B.B. King still hang, reflected on the gleaming terrazzo floors. New York Times, "The Trouble With the Memphis Airport: No Crowds," 23 May 2018

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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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