Marquetry meaning

märkĭ-trē
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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.
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Decorative inlaid work of wood, ivory, metal, etc., used in furniture and flooring.
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(uncountable, woodworking) A decorative technique in which veneers of wood, ivory, metal etc. are inlaid into a wood surface to form intricate designs.
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(countable) An example of this work.
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Origin of marquetry

  • French marqueterie from Old French from marqueter to checker from marque mark ultimately from Old Norse merki mark merg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French marqueterie.

    From Wiktionary