[ krak-loo r, krak-loo r; French krakuh-lyr ]
/ krækˈlʊər, ˈkræk lʊər; French krakəˈlür /

noun, plural cra·que·lures [krak-loo rz, krak-loo rz; French krakuh-lyr] /krækˈlʊərz, ˈkræk lʊərz; French krakəˈlür/.

a network of fine cracks or crackles on the surface of a painting, caused chiefly by shrinkage of paint film or varnish.

Origin of craquelure

1910–15; < French, equivalent to craquel(er) to crackle, crack (imitative) + -ure -ure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for craquelure


/ (ˈkrækəlʊə) /


a network of fine cracks on old paintings caused by the deterioration of pigment or varnish

Word Origin for craquelure

C20: from French, from craqueler to crackle, from craquer to crack, of imitative origin
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