chinoiserie

[sheen-wah-zuh-ree, -wah-zuh-ree; French shee-nwazuh-ree]
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noun, plural chi·noi·se·ries [sheen-wah-zuh-reez, -wah-zuh-reez; French shee-nwazuh-ree] /ʃinˌwɑ zəˈriz, -ˈwɑ zə riz; French ʃi nwazəˈri/ for 2. (sometimes initial capital letter)

a style of ornamentation current chiefly in the 18th century in Europe, characterized by intricate patterns and an extensive use of motifs identified as Chinese.
an object decorated in this style or an example of this style: The clock was an interesting chinoiserie.

Nearby words

  1. chinless wonder,
  2. chinmen,
  3. chinned,
  4. chino,
  5. chino-,
  6. chinone,
  7. chinook,
  8. chinook jargon,
  9. chinook salmon,
  10. chinookan

Origin of chinoiserie

1880–85; < French, equivalent to chinois Chinese + -erie -ery

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British Dictionary definitions for chinoiserie

chinoiserie

noun

a style of decorative or fine art based on imitations of Chinese motifs
an object or objects in this style

Word Origin for chinoiserie

French, from chinois Chinese; see -ery

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