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intaglio

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noun, in·ta·glio \in-ˈtal-(ˌ)yō, -ˈtäl-; -ˈta-glē-ˌō, -ˈtä-\

Definition of intaglio

plural intaglios

  1. 1 a :  an engraving or incised figure in stone or other hard material depressed below the surface so that an impression from the design yields an image in relief b :  the art or process of executing intaglios c :  printing (as in die stamping and gravure) done from a plate in which the image is sunk below the surface

  2. 2 :  something (as a gem) carved in intaglio



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Origin of intaglio

Italian, from intagliare to engrave, cut, from Medieval Latin intaliare, from Latin in- + Late Latin taliare to cut — more at tailor


First Known Use: 1644


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