repoussé

[ ruh-poo-sey ]
/ rə puˈseɪ /

adjective

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

noun

the art or process of producing repoussé designs.

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Origin of repoussé

1850–55; <French, past participle of repousser to push back; see re-, push
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Example sentences from the Web for repoussé

  • 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 repoussé

repoussé
/ (rəˈpuːseɪ) /

adjective

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

noun

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
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