tête-bêche

adjective
\ ˈtet-ˈbesh How to pronounce tête-bêche (audio) \

Definition of tête-bêche

: of or relating to a pair of stamps inverted in relation to one another either through a printing error or intentionally

First Known Use of tête-bêche

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tête-bêche

French, noun, pair of inverted stamps, from tête head + -bêche, alteration of Middle French bechevet head against foot

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