from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Decorative enamelwork in which metal filaments are fused to the surface of an object to outline a design that is filled in with enamel paste.
  • n. The art or process of producing such enamelwork.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of cloisonne.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inlaid between partitions: -- said of enamel when the lines which divide the different patches of fields are composed of a kind of metal wire secured to the ground; as distinguished from champlevé enamel, in which the ground is engraved or scooped out to receive the enamel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having partitions; partitioned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (for metals) having areas separated by metal and filled with colored enamel and fired
  • n. enamelware in which colored areas are separated by thin metal strips


French, past participle of cloisonner, to partition, from Old French cloison, partition, from Vulgar Latin *clausiō, clausiōn-, from Latin clausus, past participle of claudere, to close, lock.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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