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