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croquis

[kroh-kee; French kraw-kee]
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noun, plural cro·quis [kroh-keez; French kraw-kee] /kroʊˈkiz; French krɔˈki/.
  1. a rough preliminary drawing; sketch.

Origin of croquis

1800–10; < French, equivalent to croqu(er) to make a quick sketch of, rough out, (earlier) know (a subject) superficially (apparently to be identified with croquer to crunch; see croquette) + -is noun suffix (see penthouse)
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Historical Examples

  • Croquis Parisiens contains specimens of Huysmans's astounding virtuosity.

    Egoists

    James Huneker

  • St. Genys will see about his costume, and make a croquis from some picture of the period.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife

    Mary King Waddington