[ in-kyooz, -kyoos ]
/ ɪnˈkyuz, -ˈkyus /


hammered or stamped in, as a figure on a coin.


an incuse figure or impression.

verb (used with object), in·cused, in·cus·ing.

to stamp or hammer in, as a design or figure in a coin.

Origin of incuse

1810–20; < Latin incūsus past participle of incūdere to indent with a hammer, equivalent to in- in-2 + cūd- beat (akin to hew) + -tus past participle suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for incuse

  • The official English marks generally were incuse or stamped in relief with the cypher and crown within a borderless oval.

  • They are thin discs of metal stamped in a die, so that the design appears in relief on the face and incuse on the back.

    Jewellery|H. Clifford Smith,

British Dictionary definitions for incuse


/ (ɪnˈkjuːz) /


a design stamped or hammered onto a coin


to impress (a design) in a coin or to impress (a coin) with a design by hammering or stamping


stamped or hammered onto a coin

Word Origin for incuse

C19: from Latin incūsus hammered; see incus
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