- a design or figure carved, incised, or engraved into a hard material so that it is below the surface
- something, as a gem or stone, ornamented with such a design or figure
- the art or process of making such designs or figures
- a method of printing in which lines forming an image are cut into a metal plate and the incised lines then filled with ink: when a sheet of paper is pressed against the surface of the plate a print (noun) of the image is formed on the paper
- a die cut to produce a design in relief
Origin of intaglioItalian from intagliare, to cut in, engrave from in-, in + tagliare, to cut from Late Latin taliare: see tailor
transitive verb-·glioed·, -·glio·ing
- a. A figure or design carved into or beneath the surface of hard metal or stone.b. The art or process of carving a design in this manner.
- A gemstone carved in intaglio.
- Printing done with a plate bearing an image in intaglio.
- A die incised so as to produce a design in relief.
Origin of intaglioItalian from intagliare to engrave in- in ( from Latin; see in- 2. ) tagliare to cut ( from Vulgar Latin talliāre ) ( from Late Latin tāliāre ; see tailor . )
1st-century ad carved aquamarine portrait of Julia, daughter of Emperor Titus, by Evodos, set in a gemstone, pearl, and gold frame
(plural intagli or intaglios or intaglii)
Italian from intagliare.