terrazzo

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

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

Nearby words

  1. terran,
  2. terrane,
  3. terrapin,
  4. terraqueous,
  5. terrarium,
  6. terre adélie,
  7. terre haute,
  8. terre verte,
  9. terre-verte,
  10. terrebonne

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

terrazzo

/ (tɛˈrætsəʊ) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for terrazzo

terrazzo

n.

type of flooring material, 1902, from Italian terrazzo "terrace, balcony" (see terrace).

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