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1. A style in art reflecting Chinese influence through use of elaborate decoration and intricate patterns.
2. An object reflecting Chinese artistic influence.

[French, from chinois, Chinese, from Chine, China.]


(ʃiːnˌwɑːzəˈriː; -ˈwɑːzərɪ)
1. (Art Terms) a style of decorative or fine art based on imitations of Chinese motifs
2. (Art Terms) an object or objects in this style
[French, from chinois Chinese; see -ery]


(ʃinˈwɑ zə ri, -ˌwɑ zəˈri)

(sometimes cap.)
1. a style of ornamentation using motifs identified as Chinese.
2. an object decorated in this style.
[1880–85; < French, =chinois Chinese + -erie -ery]


anything typically Chinese or made in a Chinese manner.
See also: Art, China


Decoration on eighteenth-century European porcelain, depicting Chinese scenes.
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Noun1.chinoiserie - a style in art reflecting Chinese influencechinoiserie - a style in art reflecting Chinese influence; elaborately decorated and intricately patterned
genre - a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
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Whitehead's taste favours the exuberance of rococo and the charm of chinoiserie.
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Bamboo wallpaper, Chinoiserie console tables and Sputnik- light fixtures salute the rich design history of the area.
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InStyle magazine said it best when they described the interior as, "Gothic, burlesque, Hollywood Regency and chinoiserie elements are juxtaposed with modern flourishes like graffiti artwork, Japanese anime and kaleidoscopic rugs.