American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A style in art reflecting Chinese influence through use of elaborate decoration and intricate patterns.
- n. An object reflecting Chinese artistic influence.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Chinese conduct, methods, or ways of doing things; a Chinese characteristic.
- n. A Chinese curio, knickknack, or product: as, “Japanese tea-trays, chinoiseries,” etc., Miss Braddon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Chinese conduct, art, decoration, or the like; also, a specimen of Chinese manners, art, decoration, etc.
- n. a style in art reflecting Chinese influence, being elaborately decorated and intricately patterned.
- n. a style in art reflecting Chinese influence; elaborately decorated and intricately patterned
- From French chinoiserie ("Chinese-esque") (Wiktionary)
- French, from chinois, Chinese, from Chine, China. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Dear rootlesscosmo: Thanks for the party and also the "chinoiserie" explanation which is very Western.”
“The japanese lacquer screen makes an ideal headboard and the surrounding tester and draperies gives the bed an over-the-top European 'chinoiserie' grandness.”
“Once they were alone, Gran hobbled over to the brandy decanter atop a chinoiserie chest.”
“Shivani: In "Letter to Alfred Corn," we overhear a conversation with a friend: "I'll be back in New York, feeling ten times more alien/than where the polyglot boulevards intersect, linking up/11e and 20e, Maghreb, punk chic, kashruth, chinoiserie.”
“This meant ornate silk chinoiserie suits, over-sized sequin obis and voluminous silk jumpers a la Bianca Jagger in rich tones of aubergine, turquoise and gold.”
“Outside is a riot of minarets, towers and domes; inside the most sumptuous chinoiserie anywhere in Britain.”
“She admires the club's cheerful preppy-ness, with its palm-tree wallpaper and chinoiserie upholstery in coral, chocolate brown, apple green and shell pink.”
“Decorated with chinoiserie scenes of musicians, it bears the charming inscription in Latin of its maker: "Ioannes Goermans Me Fecit Parisis 1754" Joannes Goermans made me in Paris, 1754.”
“Lars Fisk plays with fake chinoiserie and other aspects of fetishized foreignness.”
“On Saturday afternoon, the Duchess stepped out to Santa Barbara Racquet and Polo Club for a Foundation Polo Challenge that benefits the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry in one more frock --a silver-and-marble-grey, hand-painted chinoiserie silk dress by Jenny Packham.”
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