[ kroh-kee; French kraw-kee ]
/ kroʊˈki; French krɔˈki /

noun, plural cro·quis [kroh-keez; French kraw-kee] /kroʊˈkiz; French krɔˈki/.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for croquis

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

    Egoists|James Huneker