tracery

noun
trac·​ery | \ ˈtrā-sə-rē How to pronounce tracery (audio) , ˈtrās-rē \
plural traceries

Definition of tracery

1 : architectural ornamental work with branching lines especially : decorative openwork in a Gothic window
2 : a decorative interlacing of lines suggestive of Gothic tracery

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Other Words from tracery

traceried \ ˈtrā-​sə-​rēd How to pronounce traceried (audio) , ˈtrās-​rēd \ adjective

Examples of tracery in a Sentence

This window is an example of Gothic tracery. the delicate tracery of a butterfly's wing
Recent Examples on the Web Boudin, who is slim, with a tracery of facial hair and a hyper-focussed social manner, walked around the deck, greeting old friends (Dohrn’s former law student! Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "How Far Will California Take Criminal-Justice Reform?," 5 Oct. 2019 The light work is particularly impressive in a movie that can shift with ease from the neon luridness of the midway to the delicate tracery of sunlight refracted through a stately retinue of chandeliers. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Woody and Buzz are back and better than ever," 20 June 2019 Spread out over the sand at each tiny entrance was an elaborate tracery of crab footprints, as if each crab had woven a fresh lace welcome mat for visitors. New York Times, "Ghost on the Beach," 28 June 2018 The bloom is golden with a tracery of magenta venation. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Moth orchid’s ascent overshadows alluring varieties | Idaho Statesman," 21 Feb. 2018 Notable also is the biclinium (two-benched dining room) with a first-century AD frescoed ceiling painted all over with a delicate tracery of vines with bunches of grapes hanging from the branches. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Jordan," 5 Oct. 2016 The light work is particularly impressive in a movie that can shift with ease from the neon luridness of the midway to the delicate tracery of sunlight refracted through a stately retinue of chandeliers. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Woody and Buzz are back and better than ever," 20 June 2019 Shortly before the piece ends, unexpected percussion bursts and delicate piano tracery push the music toward an eerie landscape—a musical equivalent of magical realism. Allan Kozinn, WSJ, "‘Aequa’ by the International Contemporary Ensemble, ‘He(a)r’ by Nordic Affect and ‘Collider’ by Daníel Bjarnason Reviews," 18 Dec. 2018 Spread out over the sand at each tiny entrance was an elaborate tracery of crab footprints, as if each crab had woven a fresh lace welcome mat for visitors. New York Times, "Ghost on the Beach," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of tracery

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tracery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tracery. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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tracery

noun
How to pronounce tracery (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tracery

: decorative patterns made in stone in some church windows
: lines that cross each other in a complicated and attractive pattern

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