tracery

noun trac·ery \ ˈtrā-sə-rē , ˈtrās-rē \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of tracery

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

traceried

play \ˈtrā-sə-rēd, ˈtrās-rēd\ adjective

Examples of tracery in a Sentence

  1. This window is an example of Gothic tracery.

  2. the delicate tracery of a butterfly's wing

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First Known Use of tracery

1669

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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TRACERY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of tracery for English Language Learners

  • : decorative patterns made in stone in some church windows

  • : lines that cross each other in a complicated and attractive pattern


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