[ kroh-kee; French kraw-kee ]

noun,plural cro·quis [kroh-keez; French kraw-kee]. /kroʊˈkiz; French krɔˈki/.
  1. a rough preliminary drawing; sketch.

Origin of croquis

1800–10; <French, equivalent to croqu(er) to make a quick sketch of, rough out, (earlier) know (a subject) superficially (apparently to be identified with croquer to crunch; see croquette) + -is noun suffix (see penthouse)

Words Nearby croquis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use croquis in a sentence

  • So Ronnie sat there, making little croquis of Jenny with soft outlines elusive as herself.

    Carnival | Compton Mackenzie
  • Notes et croquis de Raffet, mis en ordre et publis par Auguste Raffet fils.

  • croquis Parisiens contains specimens of Huysmans's astounding virtuosity.

    Egoists | James Huneker
  • St. Genys will see about his costume, and make a croquis from some picture of the period.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife | Mary King Waddington