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 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 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 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, 28 June 2018 The bloom is golden with a tracery of magenta venation. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, 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, 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, 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of tracery

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tracery was in 1669

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28 May 2021

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“Tracery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tracery. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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tracery

noun

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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