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

Examples of terrazzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After years serving other purposes and with the interior not having been treated well, the 1961 International Style building needed its terrazzo floors resurrected. John Oseid, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The boutique property embraces a late midcentury design ethos in a way that's less kitsch and more refined, keeping original details like terrazzo floors and travertine columns and modernizing with contemporary furniture. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 It was juxtaposed with a blocky marble and terrazzo chair by the 1980s-era Memphis Group designer Ettore Sottsass, who oversaw the design of Gastou’s gallery and whose radical, irreverent work the dealer affectionately likened to a punch in the face. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Downstairs, the vibe is slightly darker, with walnut walls and terrazzo floors. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2024 The Living Room Table The veneer base of the table was commissioned, and the top was pieced together from marble and leftovers from the terrazzo in one of the bathrooms. Chloe Sachdev, Travel + Leisure, 9 Mar. 2024 In addition to a sunny bedroom and a private deck, there’s a skylit walk-in closet, and a terrazzo bathroom with a soaking tub, and an open shower area set against a wall of glass that opens to the swimming pool. Mark David, Robb Report, 3 Jan. 2024 After the Vanderbilts, terrazzo flooring went on an American tour during the 1900s and was used in projects ranging from the floors of Hoover Dam to the stars on Hollywood Boulevard. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 19 Aug. 2023 From organic green terrazzo with blue cement background, to pink marble terrazzo embedded in a pink granite. Grace Banks, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Italian, literally, terrace, perhaps from Old Occitan terrassa

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 13 Apr. 2024.

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