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maquette

[ma-ket, muh-] /mæˈkɛt, mə-/
noun
1.
a small model or study in three dimensions for either a sculptural or an architectural project.
Origin of maquette
1900-1905
1900-05; < French < Italian macchietta, diminutive of macchia a sketch, complex of lines < Latin macula mesh, spot
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British Dictionary definitions for maquette

maquette

/mæˈkɛt/
noun
1.
a sculptor's small preliminary model or sketch
Word Origin
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 and History for maquette
n.

"artist's preliminary model or sketch," 1903, from French maquette (18c.), from Italian macchietta "speck," diminutive of macchia "spot," from macchiare "to stain," from Latin maculare (see maculate). From 1893 as a French word in English.

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