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[kloi-zuh-ney; French klwa-zaw-ney]
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  1. enamelwork in which colored areas are separated by thin metal bands fixed edgewise to the ground.
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  1. pertaining to, forming, or resembling cloisonné or the pattern of cloisonné.
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Origin of cloisonné

1860–65; < French, equivalent to cloison partition (Old French < Vulgar Latin *clausiōn-, stem of *clausiō; Latin claus(us) closed (see clause, close) + -iō -ion) + < Latin -ātus -ate1
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Related Words for cloisonne

glaze, varnish, lacquer, stain, coating, finish, gloss, polish, veneer, topcoat, japan

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Historical Examples of cloisonne

  • And nothing, in my judgment, more clearly exhibits this union of taste and skill than the Cloisonne work.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan

  • They continued along one of the lower galleries of this cloisonne factory, and came to a little bridge that spanned a vault.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

    Herbert George Wells

  • There were many flowers in the room—some in Cloisonne vases, others in gimcrack vessels such as are bought at country fairs.

    Simon the Jester

    William J. Locke

British Dictionary definitions for cloisonne


    1. a design made by filling in with coloured enamel an outline of flattened wire put on edge
    2. the method of doing this
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  1. of, relating to, or made by cloisonné
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Word Origin for cloisonné

C19: from French, from cloisonner to divide into compartments, from cloison partition, ultimately from Latin claudere to close ²
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Word Origin and History for cloisonne


"divided into compartments," 1863, from French cloisonné, from cloison "a partition" (12c., in Old French, "enclosure"), from Provençal clausio, from Vulgar Latin *clausio, noun of action from past participle stem of claudere "to close, shut" (see clause).

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