[ re-troo-sey; French ruh-troo-sey ]
/ ˌrɛ truˈseɪ; French rə truˈseɪ /


(especially of the nose) turned up.

Origin of retroussé

1830–40; < French, past participle of retrousser, Middle French, equivalent to re- re- + trousser to turn, tuck up; see truss Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for retrousse


/ (rəˈtruːseɪ, French rətruse) /


(of a nose) turned up

Word Origin for retroussé

C19: from French retrousser to tuck up; see truss
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Word Origin and History for retrousse



"turned up" (of the nose), 1802, from French retroussé (16c.) past participle adjective from retrousser "to turn up."

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