decorative inlaid work of wood, ivory, metal, etc., used in furniture and flooring
Origin of marquetryFrench marqueterie ; from marqueter, to spot, inlay ; from marque, a mark ; from Old French merc ; from Old Norse merki ; from Germanic an unverified form marka: see mark
nounpl. mar·que·tries also mar·que·teries
Material, such as wood or ivory, inlaid piece by piece into a wood surface in an intricate design and veneered to another surface, especially of furniture, for decoration.
Origin of marquetryFrench marqueterie, from Old French, from marqueter, to checker, from marque, mark, ultimately from Old Norse merki, mark; see merg- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural marquetries)
From Middle French marqueterie.