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

  • After the repousse part of the frame is done, clean it with kerosene and pickle.

    Copper Work

    Augustus F. Rose

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

    The Churches of Paris

    S. Sophia Beale

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

British Dictionary definitions for repousse


  1. raised in relief, as a design on a thin piece of metal hammered through from the underside
  2. decorated with such designs
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  1. a design or surface made in this way
  2. the technique of hammering designs in this way
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Word Origin for repoussé

C19: from French, from repousser to push back, from re- + pousser to push
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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.)).

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