en·​grav·​ing | \ in-ˈgrā-viŋ How to pronounce engraving (audio) , en-\

Definition of engraving

1 : the act or process of one that engraves
2 : something that is engraved: such as
a : an engraved printing surface
b : engraved work
3 : an impression from an engraved printing surface

Examples of engraving in a Sentence

She studied engraving in an art class.

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An engraving published in 1848 featured the Queen, the Prince, and their children decorating a tree. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Made Christmas Trees a Holiday Staple," 18 Dec. 2018 Even an engraving on an otherwise ordinary-looking stone slab may have been drawn from a real counterpart, Twitter historians concluded. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Those painted sculptures in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey are true to history," 23 Oct. 2018 Instead, Paul Revere’s engraving of the Boston Massacre of 1770 deserves that honor. WSJ, "Fake News, Propaganda Go Back a Long Way in U.S.," 15 Jan. 2019 But this small silcrete flake is the oldest drawing (as opposed to engraving) ever found. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The oldest drawing in the world was done with an ocher crayon," 12 Sep. 2018 Photographs of him and the engravings cut from them—in more than 150 distinct poses—appeared on the walls and desks of countless homes and offices. John Stauffer, WSJ, "‘Frederick Douglass’ Review: His Tongue the Pen of God," 11 Oct. 2018 Excellent for reading aloud, the tales are enhanced by Kristjana S. Williams’s intense, hyperreal collage-illustrations using dark-dyed Victorian-era engravings. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "What to Give: Children’s Books," 15 Nov. 2018 During the Age of Exploration, map corners were often filled with engravings of sea monsters. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "U.K. Maps Now Required to Give the Shetland Archipelago Some Respect," 15 Oct. 2018 According to Elle, the item comes with custom engraving, a special care kit and a dedicated support team to maintain brush care, and insurance. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Artis Created a $25,000 Diamond-Encrusted Makeup Brush," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of engraving

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of engraving

: the art of cutting something into the surface of wood, stone, or metal
: a picture made from an engraved surface


en·​grav·​ing | \ in-ˈgrā-viŋ\

Kids Definition of engraving

1 : the art of cutting something especially into the surface of wood, stone, or metal
2 : a print made from a cut surface

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something valued as if it were money

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