[ shahn-luh-vey ]
/ ʃɑ̃ ləˈveɪ /


of or relating to an enamel piece or enameling technique in which enamel is fused onto the incised or hollowed areas of a metal base.

noun, plural champ·le·vés [shahn-luh-vey, -veyz] /ʃɑ̃ ləˈveɪ, -ˈveɪz/.

an enamel piece made by the champlevé method.
the technique used to produce champlevé enamels.

Origin of champlevé

1855–60; < French, past participle of champlever to lift (i.e., take out) a field (i.e., a flat part), make hollow places on the ground to be engraved; see camp1, lever Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for champleve

  • Give illustration and requirements of a good design in champleve enamel.

    Industrial Arts Design|William H. Varnum
  • As one of the more common processes, let us consider the application of enamel to copper in the form of champleve enrichment.

    Industrial Arts Design|William H. Varnum

British Dictionary definitions for champleve

/ French (ʃɑ̃lve, English ˌʃæmpləˈveɪ) /


of or relating to a process of enamelling by which grooves are cut into a metal base and filled with enamel colours


an object enamelled by this process

Word Origin for champlevé

C19: from champ field (level surface) + levé raised
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