an·​a·​glyp·​ta | \ ˌa-nə-ˈglip-tə How to pronounce anaglypta (audio) \
variants: or Anaglypta

Definition of anaglypta

: embossed wallpaper : a type of wallpaper that has a permanent raised design A textured paper called anaglypta was used to lend an 1890s aura to the hallway.— Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Dec. 1983 often used before another noun Three coats of deep blue paint bring out the texture in the anaglypta wall covering.— Barbara Hertenstein, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 29 Apr. 2000 These Victorian and Edwardian houses often conceal the evidence of earlier tastes in decoration—contoured Anaglypta wallpaper, dark varnishes, here and there the piece of stained glass that must have added to the general gloom. — Alexander McCall Smith, Sunday Times (London), 27 Apr. 2008

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of anaglypta

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anaglypta

earlier a trademark, borrowed from Latin, “vessels carved in low relief,” from neuter plural of anaglyptus “carved in low relief”

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about anaglypta

Statistics for anaglypta

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for anaglypta

The first known use of anaglypta was in 1887

See more words from the same year

Comments on anaglypta

What made you want to look up anaglypta? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


suitable to be imparted to the public

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!