[ 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.


Discover The Influence Of Portuguese On English Via This Quiz!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following bird names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

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. 2020

Example sentences 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