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noun, plural trac·er·ies.
  1. ornamental work consisting of ramified ribs, bars, or the like, as in the upper part of a Gothic window, in panels, screens, etc.
  2. any delicate, interlacing work of lines, threads, etc., as in carving or embroidery; network.

Origin of tracery

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at trace1, -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -eries
  1. a pattern of interlacing ribs, esp as used in the upper part of a Gothic window, etc
  2. any fine pattern resembling this
Derived Formstraceried, adjective
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Word Origin and History for tracery

mid-15c., "a place for drawing," formed in English from trace (v.) + -ery. Architectural sense, in reference to intersecting rib work in the upper part of a gothic window, is attested from 1660s. "Introduced by Wren, who described it as a masons' term," according to Weekley.

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