[ oh-puhn-wurk ]
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  1. any kind of work, especially ornamental, as of embroidery, lace, metal, stone, or wood, having a latticelike nature or showing openings through its substance.

Origin of openwork

First recorded in 1590–1600; open + work

Words Nearby openwork Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use openwork in a sentence

  • It has an openwork silver handle and guard; the blade sheathed in a white scabbard, which is silver-mounted.

    The False Chevalier | William Douw Lighthall
  • It is not repoussé, but is cut in openwork of intricate pattern in which the Swastika is the principal motif.

    The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
  • Miss Eunice, I wish you'd teach her that pretty openwork stitch you do so handy.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem | Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Some openwork minarets dominate them—white spots above the prevailing dullness.

  • In the centre of the low wide common room, mounted on a concrete box, was a big openwork basket of wrought iron.

    The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for openwork


/ (ˈəʊpənˌwɜːk) /

  1. ornamental work, as of metal or embroidery, having a pattern of openings or holes

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