from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A usually small model of an intended work, such as a sculpture or piece of architecture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a preliminary model or sketch used in preparation for making a sculpture
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The first sketch, in wax or clay, from which a work in sculpture is elaborated. Wax maquettes are often employed by painters in arranging compositions.
French, from Italian macchietta, sketch, diminutive of macchia, spot, from Latin macula.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French maquette. (Wiktionary)