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[kloi-zuh-ney; French klwa-zaw-ney] /ˌklɔɪ zəˈneɪ; French klwa zɔˈneɪ/
enamelwork in which colored areas are separated by thin metal bands fixed edgewise to the ground.
pertaining to, forming, or resembling cloisonné or the pattern of cloisonné.
Origin of cloisonné
1860-65; < French, equivalent to cloison partition (Old French < Vulgar Latin *clausiōn-, stem of *clausiō; Latin claus(us) closed (see clause, close) + -iō -ion) + < Latin -ātus -ate1 Unabridged
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  • They continued along one of the lower galleries of this cloisonne factory, and came to a little bridge that spanned a vault.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
  • And nothing, in my judgment, more clearly exhibits this union of taste and skill than the cloisonne work.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • There were many flowers in the room—some in cloisonne vases, others in gimcrack vessels such as are bought at country fairs.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for cloisonne


/klwɑːˈzɒneɪ; French klwazɔne/
  1. a design made by filling in with coloured enamel an outline of flattened wire put on edge
  2. the method of doing this
of, relating to, or made by cloisonné
Word Origin
C19: from French, from cloisonner to divide into compartments, from cloison partition, ultimately from Latin claudere to close²
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Word Origin and History for cloisonne

"divided into compartments," 1863, from French cloisonné, from cloison "a partition" (12c., in Old French, "enclosure"), from Provençal clausio, from Vulgar Latin *clausio, noun of action from past participle stem of claudere "to close, shut" (see clause).

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