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 The once-dark countertops were replaced with leftover terrazzo from the kitchen, and brass finishing touches complete the vanity. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "How Fresh Paint (and Beautiful Rugs!) Gave This A-Frame Cabin a Second Life," 7 May 2020 Postscript In Rome, a flat with a terrazzo (terrace) is key. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "The global markets barely budge as helicopter-money measures achieve lift-off," 19 Mar. 2020 Advancing the combination of both this design trend and sustainable design Smile Plastics creates decorative panels made from 100 percent recycled materials that look just like terrazzo. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "We’re Obsessed With This Recyclable Material That Looks Just Like Terrazzo," 9 Dec. 2019 With the reopening, the Künstlerhaus exhibition spaces sit on the building’s upper floor atop a sweeping staircase framed by faux-marble walls, columns, restored terrazzo floors and a sparkling glass ceiling. New York Times, "A Big Idea and a Big Donor Bring a New Art Museum to Austria," 11 Mar. 2020 Share this - Isobel van Hagen and Matthew Mulligan 13h ago / 4:37 AM PDT Violinist performs balcony concert in locked down Italy Aperitivo al terrazzo! NBC News, "Japan still preparing for Olympics, prime minister says," 14 Mar. 2020 Concrete Collaborative makes a huge range of tiles and terrazzo—here’s your primer on three of their coolest styles to start shopping for your home. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "Concrete Collaborative’s Tiles Are Taking the West—and the World—by Storm," 4 Mar. 2020 Amtrak has spiffed up tired old restrooms at Pennsylvania Station, the busiest transportation hub in the Western Hemisphere, with new terrazzo floors, sleek gray stalls and hands-free faucets and soap dispensers. Winnie Hu, New York Times, "Is This New York City’s Nicest Public Bathroom?," 14 Feb. 2020 The contemporary concrete Pill Basin adds a modern finish to the terrazzo countertops in one of the bathrooms. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "You Can Buy the 60-Foot-Long Rainbow Rug and All the Other Whimsical Furniture Inside This Airbnb," 11 Feb. 2020

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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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29 May 2020

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“Terrazzo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrazzo. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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