[ met-soh-ri-lee-voh, med-zoh-, mez-oh- ]
/ ˈmɛt soʊ rɪˈli voʊ, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ- /

noun, plural mez·zo-re·lie·vos [met-soh-ri-lee-vohz, med-zoh-, mez-oh-] /ˈmɛt soʊ rɪˈli voʊz, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ-/.

sculptured relief intermediate between high relief and bas-relief.


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Origin of mezzo-relievo

Borrowed into English from Italian around 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for mezzo-relievo



/ (ˌmɛtsəʊrɪˈliːvəʊ) /


carving in which the depth of the relief is halfway between that of high relief and low relief

Word Origin for mezzo-relievo

from Italian: half relief
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