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[kroh-kee; French kraw-kee] /kroʊˈki; French krɔˈki/
noun, plural croquis
[kroh-keez; French kraw-kee] /kroʊˈkiz; French krɔˈki/ (Show IPA)
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) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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

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