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[tuh-raz-oh, -rah-zoh, -rah-tsoh; Italian ter-raht-tsaw] /təˈræz oʊ, -ˈrɑ zoʊ, -ˈrɑ tsoʊ; Italian tɛrˈrɑt tsɔ/
a mosaic flooring or paving composed of chips of broken stone, usually marble, and cement, polished when in place.
Origin of terrazzo
1895-1900; < Italian: balcony, terraced or flat roof < Vulgar Latin *terrāceus, derivative of Latin terra ground Unabridged
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Examples from the web for terrazzo
  • Surrounding the base is a terrazzo floor, inlaid with a star chart, or celestial map.
  • Water falls in a sheet from this top container to a pool lined with green terrazzo below.
  • Existing terrazzo flooring to be removed in these areas.
  • The south lobby also has a terrazzo floor to act as a heat sink.
British Dictionary definitions for terrazzo


a floor or wall finish made by setting marble or other stone chips into a layer of mortar and polishing the surface
Word Origin
C20: from Italian: terrace
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Word Origin and History for terrazzo

type of flooring material, 1902, from Italian terrazzo "terrace, balcony" (see terrace).

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