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

Definitions of chinoiserie word

  • noun chinoiserie a style of decorative or fine art based on imitations of Chinese motifs 3
  • noun chinoiserie an object or objects in this style 3
  • noun chinoiserie an ornate style of decoration of furniture, textiles, ceramics, etc., esp. in 18th-cent. Europe, based on Chinese motifs 3
  • noun chinoiserie articles, designs, etc. in this style collectively 3
  • noun plural chinoiserie 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. 1
  • noun plural chinoiserie an object decorated in this style or an example of this style: The clock was an interesting chinoiserie. 1

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Origin of chinoiserie

First appearance:

before 1880
One of the 23% newest English words
1880-85; < French, equivalent to chinois Chinese + -erie -ery

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chinoiserie popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 54% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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