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[gruh-vyoo r, grey-vyer]
  1. an intaglio process of photomechanical printing, such as photogravure or rotogravure.
  2. a print produced by gravure.
  3. the metal or wooden plate used in photogravure.
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Origin of gravure

1875–80; < French, equivalent to grav(er) to engrave < Germanic (see grave3) + -ure -ure
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Examples from the Web for gravure

Historical Examples of gravure

  • When this is done, the gravure can be rolled over by aid of this roller.

    The Progress of the Marbling Art

    Josef Halfer

  • By this means the ornament of the gravure is transferred to the roller composition.

  • He frequently decorated his flatware with a refined etching or gravure, his hollow ware with reeding.

    Seaport in Virginia

    Gay Montague Moore

  • The engravers of the last century used to call it gravure en manière de crayon.

    A Treatise on Etching

    Maxime Lalanne

British Dictionary definitions for gravure


  1. a method of intaglio printing using a plate with many small etched recessesSee also rotogravure
  2. See photogravure
  3. matter printed by this process
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Word Origin for gravure

C19: from French, from graver to engrave, of Germanic origin; see grave ³
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Word Origin and History for gravure

1893, short for photogravure, from gravure, from grave (v.) + -ure.

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