[ mahr-ki-tree ]

noun,plural mar·que·tries.
  1. inlaid work of variously colored woods or other materials, especially in furniture.

Origin of marquetry

1555–65; <Middle French marqueterie inlaid work, equivalent to marquet(er) to speckle, spot, inlay (literally, make marks <Germanic; see mark1) + -erie-ery
  • Also mar·que·te·rie .

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British Dictionary definitions for marquetry



/ (ˈmɑːkɪtrɪ) /

nounplural -quetries or -queteries
  1. a pattern of inlaid veneers of wood, brass, ivory, etc, fitted together to form a picture or design, used chiefly as ornamentation in furniture: Compare parquetry

Origin of marquetry

C16: from Old French, from marqueter to inlay, from marque mark 1

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