noun \āˈbōsh\

Definition of ébauche



  1. :  an incomplete watch movement consisting of plates, bridges, wheels, and barrels to be finished and fitted with jewels, escapement, mainspring, hands, and dial

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Origin and Etymology of ébauche

French, from ébaucher to rough out, outline, roughhew, from Middle French esbocher, from es- (from Latin ex-) + -bocher (from Old French -bauchier, from bauch, bauc beam) — more at debauch

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