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[re-troo-sey; French ruh-troo-sey]
  1. (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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Historical Examples

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

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13

    Elbert Hubbard

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

    The Financier

    Theodore Dreiser

British Dictionary definitions for retrousse


  1. (of a nose) turned up
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Word Origin

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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