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[re-troo-sey; French ruh-troo-sey] /ˌrɛ truˈseɪ; French rə truˈseɪ/
(especially of the nose) turned up.
Origin of retroussé
1830-40; < French, past participle of retrousser, Middle French, equivalent to re- re- + trousser to turn, tuck up; see truss Unabridged
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  • She wasn't handsome, but she certainly was pretty, even though her nose was retrousse;, which is French for pug.

  • His nose was short and retrousse, and his ears were rather prominent; but he was bright and attractive.

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for retrousse


/rəˈtruːseɪ; French rətruse/
(of a nose) turned up
Word Origin
C19: from French retrousser to tuck up; see truss
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Word Origin and History for retrousse

"turned up" (of the nose), 1802, from French retroussé (16c.) past participle adjective from retrousser "to turn up."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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