follow Dictionary.com

7 Essential Words of Fall

chinoiserie

[sheen-wah-zuh-ree, -wah-zuh-ree; French shee-nwazuh-ree] /ʃinˌwɑ zəˈri, -ˈwɑ zə ri; French ʃi nwazəˈri/
noun, plural chinoiseries
[sheen-wah-zuh-reez, -wah-zuh-reez; French shee-nwazuh-ree] /ʃinˌwɑ zəˈriz, -ˈwɑ zə riz; French ʃi nwazəˈri/ (Show IPA),
for 2. (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
a style of ornamentation current chiefly in the 18th century in Europe, characterized by intricate patterns and an extensive use of motifs identified as Chinese.
2.
an object decorated in this style or an example of this style:
The clock was an interesting chinoiserie.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < French, equivalent to chinois Chinese + -erie -ery
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for chinoiserie
  • Shop fronts display pottery, jade carvings, and other chinoiserie.
British Dictionary definitions for chinoiserie

chinoiserie

/ʃiːnˌwɑːzəˈriː; -ˈwɑːzərɪ/
noun
1.
a style of decorative or fine art based on imitations of Chinese motifs
2.
an object or objects in this style
Word Origin
French, from chinoisChinese; see -ery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for chinoiserie

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for chinoiserie

16
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for chinoiserie