[ guh-droon ]
/ gəˈdrun /


Architecture. an elaborately carved or indented convex molding.
a decorative series of curved, inverted flutings, or of convex and concave flutings, as on silversmith's work.
Also godroon.

Origin of gadroon

1715–25; < French godron (with final conformed to -oon), Middle French goderon, probably derivative of godet a kind of cup without base or handle (perhaps < Middle Dutch kodde billet, log; see -et), after the ornamentation on such cups


ga·drooned, adjectivega·droon·age, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for gadroon

  • A fine woven wire example, in date 1800, has a gadroon border, with handle with double bands and hinged.

  • His flatware is usually distinguished by a shell motif, and gadroon edges finish and decorate many of his pieces.

    Seaport in Virginia|Gay Montague Moore
  • Bronze bowls (gilt) with gadroon or lotus ornament (moulded) in later period.

British Dictionary definitions for gadroon



/ (ɡəˈdruːn) /


a moulding composed of a series of convex flutes and curves joined to form a decorative pattern, used esp as an edge to silver articles
architect a carved ornamental moulding having a convex cross section

Derived forms of gadroon

gadrooned or godrooned, adjective

Word Origin for gadroon

C18: from French godron, perhaps from Old French godet cup, goblet, drinking vessel
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