Chinoiseries

chinoiserie

[sheen-wah-zuh-ree, -wah-zuh-ree; French shee-nwazuh-ree]
noun, plural chinoiseries [sheen-wah-zuh-reez, -wah-zuh-reez; French shee-nwazuh-ree] , 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:
1880–85; < French, equivalent to chinois Chinese + -erie -ery

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chinoiserie (ʃiːnˌwɑːzəˈriː, -ˈwɑːzərɪ)
 
n
1.  a style of decorative or fine art based on imitations of Chinese motifs
2.  an object or objects in this style
 
[French, from chinoisChinese; see -ery]

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