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

Examples of terrazzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the new welcome center, an elegant terrazzo staircase — forming an oval, of course — takes visitors from the ground floor to the event space on the second story. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 More than 2,500 celebrities over more than six decades have received the terrazzo and brass stars embedded in sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Los Angeles. Rodney Ho, ajc, 21 June 2022 Amid sunlight and the pavilion’s pale terrazzo floors, Leigh’s work brims with purpose. Murray Whyte, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2022 Glossy black terrazzo is reminiscent of the tiles that covered the floor when the hotel first opened in 1947. Chloe Malle, Travel + Leisure, 27 Feb. 2022 The ground-level event space is dressed in a palette of earth tones: Red terrazzo tile on the floor is paired with the warm Sassandra wood veneers of the arched ceiling. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 The vessels are made of concrete and natural stone terrazzo and are available in various sizes, for indoor or outdoor use. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 An original terrazzo floor completes the shop’s aesthetic, a blend of modern and vintage pieces. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 That initial impression is confirmed with just a few steps into the stunning lobby with its pale terrazzo floor and inlaid brass accents. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 15 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Terrazzo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrazzo. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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