Definitions

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

  • n. A flooring material of marble or stone chips set in mortar and polished when dry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A faux-marble material used for flooring and countertops.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trade-name for a kind of concrete pavement made of broken stone and hydraulic cement.

Etymologies

Italian, perhaps from Old Provençal terrassa, terrace; see terrace.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian terrazzo. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Many of the original details remain, such as terrazzo floors, the large windows and skylights, and the wall and ceiling treatments.

    Guess that department!

  • Architectural firm OWP/P Cannon Design of Chicago incorporated recycled, locally produced and environmentally sensitive materials such as terrazzo flooring, wood and aluminum composite material throughout the tower.

  • Half the carpets are laid in classrooms, and while the dropped ceilings have not been installed or the stone facing ( "terrazzo") applied to the floor in the long hallways, Reid explained that these are operations that go quickly when underway.

    Daily News-Record

  • Becoming more enthusiastic about the subject, Mr. Redd went on to describe, in hilarious detail, his imaginary "total black and white apartment" featuring, "an under-furnished ballroom with chalky plaster walls, an ivory terrazzo floor with a small black star in the center, three pairs of leaded French doors and four Jean-Michel Frank club chairs on a lambskin rug."

    The Case Against Color

  • Inside, there are jewel-colored fabrics and black-and-white terrazzo floors.

    Rajasthan's New Crown Jewel Hotels

  • Features: Master bath with jetted tub, walk-in closet, sitting area, game room, den, in-law quarters, marble/terrazzo floor tiles, covered patio, courtyard with pavilion and in-ground pool.

    Memphis' shaky housing market sees 'cautious optimism'

  • One on my chin, is from when I fell on the terrazzo floor spinning and laughing in the bungalow on Sheridan Avenue when I was six.

    Lea Lane: Scars of a Life

  • Bao Ong of the NYTimes toured the library and reports that the 2-story building features “wood floors constructed from window frame scraps, old truck tires laid out as carpet, and a terrazzo staircase made of recycled glass and mirrors.”

    NYPL's Newest Library Branch is LEED Gold Certified | Inhabitat

  • The domed ceiling will be retouched and the terrazzo floors cleaned.

    Helping a Library to Next Chapter

  • As I walk the terrazzo floor of the main concourse one morning, passing specialty food concessions, a QuikTrip convenience store, and a team retail outlet that awaits its team, the arena seems cavernously empty, as it must for all but the 10 or so days a month that it stages events.

    The Empty Arena

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