Meaning of MARQUETRY in English


also mar·que·te·rie ˈmärkə.trē

( plural marquetries also marqueteries )

Etymology: Middle French marqueterie, from marqueter to checker, inlay (from marque sign, mark) + -erie -ery — more at marque

1. : a decorative process in which elaborate usually floral patterns are formed by the insertion of pieces of wood, shell, or ivory into a wood veneer that is then applied to the surface of a piece of furniture (as a table or cabinet)

the craftsman should attempt to do his own veneering and marquetry — Ernest Brace

2. : an object decorated in marquetry

a somewhat flamboyant piece of inlaid marquetry — Agatha Christie

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.