Definition of cloisonné in English:



  • [mass noun] Decorative work in which enamel, glass, or gemstones are separated by strips of flattened wire placed edgeways on a metal backing:

    ‘pieces of Chinese cloisonné’
    ‘an emblem in beautiful cloisonné’
    [as modifier] ‘cloisonné work’
    • ‘Rising majestically over rocks and crested waves, these cloisonné dragons chase flaming pearls amid clouds in the heavens.’
    • ‘In cloisonné enamelling cells, or cloisons, are built up on a thin sheet of metal by attaching metal wire or fine strips of metal fixed edgewise.’
    • ‘It was probably used in fine techniques of cloisonné and related crafts.’
    • ‘The collection features fine examples of Qing dynasty enamelled porcelains, Beiijing and Canton enamels on metal, cloisonné enamels and bronzes.’
    • ‘The other method, the authors tell us is the cloisonné where little compartments are created according to the design using strips of metal.’
    • ‘The same is true for fine cloisonné, lacquerware and decorative metalwork.’


Mid 19th century: French, literally partitioned, past participle of cloisonner, from cloison a partition or division.