to·​reu·​tics tə-ˈrü-tiks How to pronounce toreutics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: the art or process of working in metal especially by embossing or chasing
toreutic adjective

Word History


toreutic, adjective, from Greek toreutikos, from toreuein to bore through, chase, from toreus boring tool; akin to Greek tetrainein to bore — more at throw entry 1

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toreutics was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Toreutics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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