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

Illustration of tracery

Illustration of tracery

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Other Words from tracery

traceried \ ˈtrā-​sə-​rēd How to pronounce tracery (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 Their graceful tracery was apparently preferable to the more blunt alternative, exercised by some in those days, of marking time by rhythmically pounding a large staff on the floor in front of the orchestra. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Feb. 2022 Nor were its sets especially assertive: Buckingham Palace and other locations were thinly suggested by some electric bulb tracery. New York Times, 30 Dec. 2021 They are perched amid seven plump oranges, more than a dozen orange blossoms in flower or bud, four honeybees and a tracery of stems and leaves. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 There is also a small silver horseshoe and leaf spray, along with white decorative icing tracery laid on top. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 4 Aug. 2021 Its stark lines, the gothic tracery of its wings, the fetching retro color scheme of orange and black and its ruby eyes all suggest some arts and crafts jewel. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 No one builds 14th-century Gothic stonework anymore, these thick, load-bearing masonry walls, arches, tracery. Marjorie Hunt, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2020 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, 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, 20 June 2019 See More

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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 8 Aug. 2022.

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