Meaning of “fretwork” in the English Dictionary

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"fretwork" in British English

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fretworknoun [ U ]

uk /ˈfret.wɜːk/ us /ˈfret.wɝːk/

Examples from literature

  • His delicate fretwork tea-tables are a delight, with their fretwork cupboards and carving. 
  • Since I saw the above I have examined hundreds of these swords, but have never been able to discover how the gold plates were inlaid in the fretwork. 
  • The spire is of open fretwork, and the sun shines through it. 
  • There was no mistaking the gold-lined fretwork cut in the thickness of the blade. 
  • There were splendid pillars of teak, marble tigers and marble fretwork beneath, with much glittering colouring around. 

(Definition of “fretwork” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)