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[skrohl-wurk] /ˈskroʊlˌwɜrk/
decorative work in which scroll forms figure prominently.
ornamental work cut out with a scroll saw.
Origin of scrollwork
First recorded in 1730-40; scroll + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for scrollwork
Historical Examples
  • The scrollwork is as effective as the medallions are insignificant.

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

    Chats on Old Furniture Arthur Hayden
  • 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
  • More frequently the design was of scrollwork, worked with a fine black silk back stitching or chain stitch.


    Marie D. Webster
  • Generally composed of a framework of shields or medallions, with a design of scrollwork flowing through it.

  • Around this whole colouring was a scrollwork pattern of the same tint, giving it the appearance of a frame.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • Beautiful clocks, massive with griffiens and gargoyles, nymphs and scrollwork—they shelter heroes.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Marble, bronze, carved and painted brick—a filigree and a scrollwork—put forth claims.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
British Dictionary definitions for scrollwork


ornamental work in scroll-like patterns, esp when done with a scroll saw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scrollwork

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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