tracery

noun
trac·ery | \ˈtrā-sə-rē, 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, 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

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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 Their many sculptures turned them into bibles of stone while the ribbing and traceries added amazing decorative energy. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Viewing Europe’s Houses of Worship in Wild Detail," 4 Apr. 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 Select rooms at the new Chicago hotel now have views to the lakefront through original gothic traceries and arches. Condé Nast Traveler, "Chicago Athletic Association Hotel," 20 Oct. 2017 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 White pilasters rising at intervals set up a pleasing counterpoint to the walnut tracery of the bookshelves holding Neri’s collection. David Laskin, New York Times, "The Hidden Treasures in Italian Libraries," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of tracery

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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