[ tuh-raz-oh, -rah-zoh, -rah-tsoh; Italian ter-raht-tsaw ]
/ təˈræz oʊ, -ˈrɑ zoʊ, -ˈrɑ tsoʊ; Italian tɛrˈrɑt tsɔ /


a mosaic flooring or paving composed of chips of broken stone, usually marble, and cement, polished when in place.

Origin of terrazzo

1895–1900; < Italian: balcony, terraced or flat roof < Vulgar Latin *terrāceus, derivative of Latin terra ground
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British Dictionary definitions for terrazzo


/ (tɛˈrætsəʊ) /


a floor or wall finish made by setting marble or other stone chips into a layer of mortar and polishing the surface

Word Origin for terrazzo

C20: from Italian: terrace
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