bas-re·​lief | \ ˌbä-ri-ˈlēf How to pronounce bas-relief (audio) , ˌbas-, ˌbās-; ˈbä-ri-ˌlēf, ˈbas-, ˈbās- \

Definition of bas-relief

art : sculptural relief (see relief entry 1 sense 6) in which the projection from the surrounding surface is slight and no part of the modeled form is undercut (see undercut entry 1 sense 2) also : sculpture executed in bas-relief a limestone bas-relief of a female figure

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First Known Use of bas-relief

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bas-relief

French, from bas low + relief raised work

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“Bas-relief.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bas-relief

: a kind of sculpture in which shapes are carved so that they are only slightly higher than the flat background

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