Chinoiserie



[sheen-wah-zuh-ree, -wah-zuh-ree; French shee-nwazuh-ree] /ʃinˌwɑ zəˈri, -ˈwɑ zə ri; French ʃi nwazəˈri/

noun, plural chinoiseries
[sheen-wah-zuh-reez, -wah-zuh-reez; French shee-nwazuh-ree] /ʃinˌwɑ zəˈriz, -ˈwɑ zə riz; French ʃi nwazəˈri/ (Show IPA), for 2. (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
a style of ornamentation current chiefly in the 18th century in Europe, characterized by intricate patterns and an extensive use of motifs identified as Chinese.
2.
an object decorated in this style or an example of this style:
The clock was an interesting chinoiserie.
/ʃiːnˌwɑːzəˈriː; -ˈwɑːzərɪ/
noun
1.
a style of decorative or fine art based on imitations of Chinese motifs
2.
an object or objects in this style

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