Repousse Definition

rə-po͝o-sā
adjective
Formed in relief, as a pattern on thin metal beaten up from the underside.
Webster's New World
Decorated with such patterns.
Webster's New World
Raised in relief.
American Heritage
noun
A pattern or surface made in this way.
Webster's New World
A design in relief.
American Heritage
The art or process of hammering metal in this way.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Repousse

  • French past participle of repousser to push back from Old French re- re- pousser to push (from Latin pulsāre to beat) (frequentative of pellere to push repel)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French repoussé (“pushed up"), ultimately from Latin pulsare (“to push").

    From Wiktionary

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