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


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

"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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