[ma-ket, muh-]
a small model or study in three dimensions for either a sculptural or an architectural project.

1900–05; < French < Italian macchietta, diminutive of macchia a sketch, complex of lines < Latin macula mesh, spot Unabridged
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maquette (mæˈkɛt)
a sculptor's small preliminary model or sketch
[C20: from French, from Italian macchietta a little sketch, from macchia, from macchiare, from Latin maculāre to stain, from macula spot, blemish]

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Word Origin & History

1903, from Fr. maquette, from It. macchietta "speck," dim. of macchia "spot," from macchiare "to stain," from L. maculare (see maculate).
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Example sentences
He now needs to make a clay sketch or maquette to see how the idea will look from all sides.
He presented computer-altered photographs of the earlier maquette to illustrate the proposed changes.
In some projects a design fee is awarded the short listed artists, especially if a maquette and/or project drawing are required.
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