(pronounced shen-wahz-er-EE or shen-WAHZ-er-ee)
Once you learn how to say chinoiserie, you’re going to want to say it over and over because it’s so beautiful. (If you learn how to say it, we guarantee that you’ll be more impressive to clients and more seductive to dates.) When the French became obsessed with all things Chinese in the second half of the 19th Century, they used this gorgeous word to describe any art or decoration having Chinese qualities or motifs. The word can also be used to mean the actual object having this style.