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retroussé

[ re-troo-sey; French ruh-troo-sey ]
/ ˌrɛ truˈseɪ; French rə truˈseɪ /
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adjective
(especially of the nose) turned up.
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Origin of retroussé

1830–40; <French, past participle of retrousser,Middle French, equivalent to re-re- + trousser to turn, tuck up; see truss
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How to use retroussé in a sentence

  • She wasn't handsome, but she certainly was pretty, even though her nose was retrousse;, which is French for pug.

  • She asked her uncle who was that pretty girl with a nez retrousse.

  • His nose was short and retrousse, and his ears were rather prominent; but he was bright and attractive.

    The Financier|Theodore Dreiser
  • “Do let me have the mug,” implored Miss Burgoyne: she was a pretty little brunette with a nez retrousse.

    Not Like Other Girls|Rosa N. Carey

British Dictionary definitions for retroussé

retroussé
/ (rəˈtruːseɪ, French rətruse) /

adjective
(of a nose) turned up

Word Origin for retroussé

C19: from French retrousser to tuck up; see truss
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