designating a pair of postage stamps printed, purposely or in error, so that one is inverted in relation to the other
Origin of tête-bêcheFrench from tête, head + bêche, contr. from béchevet, the head of one at the feet of the other (in bed)
Of, relating to, or being a pair of similar objects or images arranged such that one is upside down in relation to the other: a tête-bêche pair of postage stamps.
Origin of tete-becheFrench tête head ( from Old French teste ) ( from Late Latin testa skull ; see tester 1. ) bêche ( short for obsolete béchevet double head of a bed ) ( from Old French) ( bes- twice ) ( from Latin bis ; see bis . ) ( chevet ) ( from Late Latin capitium opening for the head in a tunic ) ( from Latin head covering ) ( from caput capit- head ; see triceps . )