wick·​er·​work ˈwi-kər-ˌwərk How to pronounce wickerwork (audio)
: work consisting of interlaced pliable twigs or branches
a cage of wickerwork

Examples of wickerwork in a Sentence

We bought wickerwork for the screened porch.
Recent Examples on the Web Their interiors, designed by South African architecture power-couple Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, deliver a breezy mix of wickerwork, local limestone, and midcentury modern furniture accented with nautical touches such as copper porthole windows and fist-sized seashells. Chris Schalkx, Travel + Leisure, 7 June 2023 Much smaller, but equally interesting is the Gallery of Kyoto Traditional Arts & Crafts downtown, which displays (and in some cases, sells) everything from wickerwork to Buddhist sculptures by students of the Traditional Arts Super College of Kyoto. Chris Schalkx, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Jan. 2023 The authors surmise that the user could have sat directly on the pot, or the pot could have been placed under a wickerwork or timber chair. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Feb. 2022 Pickaxes cut through humus (a fermenting paste of dead plant life), the wickerwork of tree roots, a narrow band of white mineral sand, and yet more fungi tangled below. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 17 June 2021 Characterized by wickerwork of raffia and bird feathers, as well as circular eyes, Gitenga masks represent the rising sun, a symbol of growth. NOLA.com, 14 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1719, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wickerwork was in 1719

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“Wickerwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wickerwork. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


wick·​er·​work -ˌwərk How to pronounce wickerwork (audio)
: something (as a basket or chair) made of interlaced flexible twigs or branches

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