noun, plural chinoiseries /ʃinˌwɑzəˈriz, -ˈwɑzəriz; French ʃinwazəˈri/ [sheen-wah-zuh-reez, -wah-zuh-reez; French shee-nwazuh-ree] Show IPA , for 2. (sometimes initial capital letter)
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.
decorated in this style or an example of this style: The clock was an interesting chinoiserie.
equivalent to chinois Chinese
+ -erie -ery