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Definition of "niello" [ni•el•lo]

  • Any of several black metallic alloys of sulfur with copper, silver, or lead, used to fill an incised design on the surface of another metal. (noun)
  • A surface or object decorated with one of these alloys. (noun)
  • The art or process of ornamenting metal surfaces with one of these alloys. (noun)
  • To decorate or inlay with niello. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "niello" in a sentence
  • "Italians still call 'niello' work, or the enamelling of designs upon precious metals."
  • "The Fuller Brooch is a large disc made of hammered sheet silver inlaid with black niello and with a diameter of 11.4 cm."
  • "Cast and engraved bronze, partly inlaid with niello, 44.3 cm."
Words like "niello"
nielloed
nielloing
niellos