de·​cou·​page | \ ˌdā-(ˌ)kü-ˈpäzh How to pronounce decoupage (audio) \
variants: or découpage

Definition of decoupage

1 : the art of decorating surfaces by applying cutouts (as of paper) and then coating with usually several layers of finish (such as lacquer or varnish)
2 : work produced by decoupage

Other Words from decoupage

decoupage or découpage transitive verb

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Decoupage originated in France in the 17th century as a means of artistically decorating pieces of furniture with pictures. It took a few centuries, but by the mid-20th century decoupage became a household name in American interior decoration. The word is fashioned from Middle French decouper, meaning "to cut out." Decouper, in turn, pastes together the prefix de- ("from" or "away") and couper ("to cut). Other descendants of couper include coppice (a growth of small trees that are periodically cut), coupé (a horse-drawn carriage for two with a driver outside and whose name is thought to be from French carrosse coupé, literally, "cut-off coach"), and the clear-cut coupon.

Examples of decoupage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wouldn’t these decoupage taper candles look a treat paired with… …this Maison Balzac candle holder? Bon Appétit, 2 Sep. 2022 Use patterned napkins and decoupage to transform ordinary plastic eggs into a colorful Easter door decoration. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2022 Adhere a photo to cardboard or foam core board with a decoupage medium. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2022 Paint it with decoupage medium like Mod Podge ($6, Target), and coat with a thin layer of glitter. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2022 Everything John Derian and his team source for their three little shops in the East Village is beautiful, but be sure not to miss the decoupage tabletop items. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 6 July 2022 If vintage design holds a special place in her heart, this trio of notebooks from decoupage design legend John Derian will surely impress. Jaimie Potters, Good Housekeeping, 16 Apr. 2022 Alfredo Paredes, an interior designer and former chief creative retail officer of Ralph Lauren, collaborated with beloved decoupage artist John Derian on a special holiday tray. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 30 Nov. 2021 For John Derian, the founder of an eponymous home décor and decoupage line, the resurgence of fake food is very welcome. New York Times, 27 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of decoupage

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decoupage

French découpage, literally, act of cutting out, from Middle French, from decouper to cut out, from de- + couper to cut — more at cope entry 1

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“Decoupage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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