cloisonné definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Decorative enamelwork in which metal filaments are fused to the surface of an object to outline a design that is filled in with enamel paste.
- The art or process of producing such enamelwork.
Origin: French, past participle of cloisonner, to partition, from Old French cloison, partition, from Vulgar Latin *clausiō, clausiōn-, from Latin clausus, past participle of claudere, to close, lock.
- cloi·son·néˈ adjective