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  1. decorative work in which scroll forms figure prominently.
  2. ornamental work cut out with a scroll saw.

Origin of scrollwork

First recorded in 1730–40; scroll + work
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Examples from the Web for scrollwork

Historical Examples

  • The scrollwork is as effective as the medallions are insignificant.

    Windows, A Book About Stained & Painted Glass

    Lewis F. Day

  • Old engravings are procured of scrollwork, usually from the end of some book.

  • The centre of the square has a high iron fence about it, gates with scrollwork, which are commonly shut.

    The Debatable Land

    Arthur Colton

  • The North point is designated with an elaborate fleur-de-lis, and the East is emphasized with scrollwork.

  • Grills composed of small spindles and scrollwork are strikingly beautiful if displayed in light which does the wood justice.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

British Dictionary definitions for scrollwork


  1. ornamental work in scroll-like patterns, esp when done with a scroll saw
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Word Origin and History for scrollwork


1822, from scroll (n.) + work (n.).

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