mise en abyme

French phrase
\mē-zäⁿ-nä-bēm \
variants: or mise en abîme

Definition of mise en abyme 

: placement at the escutcheon's center : depiction of the escutcheon itself within an escutcheon : image within an image : story within a story

Learn More about mise en abyme

Share mise en abyme

Statistics for mise en abyme

Look-up Popularity

Comments on mise en abyme

What made you want to look up mise en abyme? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

full of whispering sounds

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!