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Thursday word: maquette

maquette (ma-KET) - n., a preliminary scale model of a sculpture or work of architecture.


A 3D sketch of sorts -- a rough model or mock-up, which allows the artist or architect to try different ideas. Adopted around 1880 (though not widely used until the turn of the century) from French, itself from Italian macchietta, little sketch, diminutive of macchia, sketch/complex of lines, from Latin macula, mesh/spot, from maculāre to stain/spot. So by etymology, if not by definition, a maquette cannot be immaculate.

We start the puppet-building process with a maquette.

---L.
Tags: french, italian, latin, m, noun
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