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marquetry

[mahr-ki-tree]
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noun, plural mar·que·tries.
  1. inlaid work of variously colored woods or other materials, especially in furniture.
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Also mar·que·te·rie.

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
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Historical Examples

  • Emanuel Hopperton, of Leeds, made clocks with marquetry cases.

    Chats on Old Clocks

    Arthur Hayden

  • In this specimen the marquetry is under fine artistic control.

    Chats on Old Clocks

    Arthur Hayden

  • Augsburg and Nuremberg developed an industry and exported their marquetry.

    Chats on Old Clocks

    Arthur Hayden

  • But concurrent with the age of marquetry and lacquer was the great walnut period.

    Chats on Old Clocks

    Arthur Hayden

  • The escutcheon of the locks covers a portion of the marquetry.

    Chats on Old Clocks

    Arthur Hayden


British Dictionary definitions for marquetry

marquetry

marqueterie

noun plural -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 furnitureCompare parquetry
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French, from marqueter to inlay, from marque mark 1
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Word Origin and History for marquetry

n.

1560s, from French marqueterie "inlaid work," from marqueter "to checker" (14c.), frequentative of marquer, from marque (see marque).

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