or strap-work

[ strap-wurk ]

  1. a type of ornamentation imitating pierced and interlaced straps or bands, usually forming a geometric pattern.

Origin of strapwork

First recorded in 1750–60; strap + work

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

How to use strapwork in a sentence

  • A yet more usual plan with us was to make the strapwork in colour, as at Salisbury.

  • It came in very conveniently in the French windows, in which the design consisted largely of white strapwork.

  • Just a little patch of strapwork in the middle of the waste.

    Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
  • The jewel is bordered by strapwork à jour of opaque blue and white enamel set with table diamonds and rubies.

    Jewellery | H. Clifford Smith,
  • The patterns, reserved in white upon a black ground, are composed of curves of flat and broken strapwork.

    Jewellery | H. Clifford Smith,

British Dictionary definitions for strap work

strap work

  1. architect decorative work resembling interlacing straps

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