[ fret-wurk ]
/ ˈfrɛtˌwɜrk /


ornamental work consisting of interlacing parts, especially work in which the design is formed by perforation.
any pattern of dark and light, such as that of perforated fretwork.

Origin of fretwork

First recorded in 1595–1605; fret2 + work Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fretwork


/ (ˈfrɛtˌwɜːk) /


decorative geometrical carving or openwork
any similar pattern of light and dark
ornamental work of three-dimensional frets
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Word Origin and History for fretwork



also fret-work, c.1600, from fret (n.) + work (n.).

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