[ ruh-poo-sey ]
/ rə puˈseɪ /


(of a design) raised in relief by hammering on the reverse side.
ornamented or made in this kind of raised work.


the art or process of producing repoussé designs.

Origin of repoussé

1850–55; < French, past participle of repousser to push back; see re-, push Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for repousse

  • Their breastplates were adorned with arabesques or repousse work of the highest art.

  • A rectangular plaque of gold, repousse and gilt, bearing inscriptions in Greek.

    The Churches of Paris|S. Sophia Beale
  • After the repousse part of the frame is done, clean it with kerosene and pickle.

    Copper Work|Augustus F. Rose

British Dictionary definitions for repousse


/ (rəˈpuːseɪ) /


raised in relief, as a design on a thin piece of metal hammered through from the underside
decorated with such designs


a design or surface made in this way
the technique of hammering designs in this way

Word Origin for repoussé

C19: from French, from repousser to push back, from re- + pousser to push
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for repousse



"formed in relief," in reference to a type of decorative pattern, 1852, from French repoussé, past participle of repousser "to thrust back, beat back," from re- (see re-) + pousser (see push (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper