enchase

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verb en·chase \in-ˈchās\

Definition of enchase

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  ornament: as a :  to cut or carve in relief b :  inlay

  3. 2 :  set <enchase a gem>

Origin and Etymology of enchase

Middle English, to emboss, from Anglo-French enchaser to set (gems), from en- + case, chase case, box, shrine, from Latin capsa case — more at case


First Known Use: 15th century


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