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[ri-lee-voh, ril-yev-oh] /rɪˈli voʊ, rɪlˈyɛv oʊ/
noun, plural relievos.
Obsolete. relief2 (defs 2, 3).
Origin of relievo
1615-25; < Italian rilievo relief2, derivative of rilevare to raise < Latin relevāre; see relieve Unabridged
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  • I suppose in a minute you'll ask me to admit that prisoners'-base was relievo.

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton
  • On the east side the arms of Scotland, with a Cupid holding a thistle all in relievo.

    London in 1731 Don Manoel Gonzales
  • The relievo was his favourite performance, and very justly so.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The "relievo dei Cavalli" at Alcamo offers no relief for you!

  • Of the relievo, the historical combat appeals to the passions; and, being historical, probably to the intellect.

    The Germ Various
  • In one relievo a splendidly caparisoned state elephant flings its feet in imitation of the dancing girl near by.

    Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid
  • Over this colonnade stood a third, in the base of which was represented, in relievo, a party of hunting animals of every kind.

  • Some gravestones occurred, finely painted and gilded, as the Turkish manner is, with characters in relievo.

  • Long rows of windows ranged away, separated by panoplies, in relievo, and by busts on small pedestals.

    The Man Who Laughs

    Victor Hugo
  • It required nothing but the substitution of wood for stone and of relievo for intaglio to give that art the form it now has.

British Dictionary definitions for relievo


/rɪlˈjeɪvəʊ; rɪˈliːvəʊ/
noun (pl) -vos
another name for relief (sense 9)
Word Origin
from Italian, literally: raised work
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