Definitions for intaglioɪnˈtæl yoʊ, -ˈtɑl-; -ˈtæl yi, -ˈtɑl-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•tagl•ioɪnˈtæl yoʊ, -ˈtɑl-; -ˈtæl yi, -ˈtɑl-(n.; v.)(pl.)-tagl•ios, -ta•gli

  1. (n.)incised carving, as opposed to carving in relief.

    Category: Fine Arts

  2. ornamentation with a figure or design sunk below the surface.

    Category: Fine Arts

  3. a figure or design so produced.

  4. a gem, seal, piece of jewelry, etc., cut with an incised or sunken design.

    Category: Jewelry

  5. an incised or countersunk die.

  6. a printing process in which a design or text is recessed below the surface of a plate so that when ink is applied and the excess wiped off, ink remains in the grooves for transfer to paper.

    Category: Fine Arts, Printing

  7. (v.t.)to incise or display in intaglio.

Origin of intaglio:

1635–45; < It, der. of intagliare to cut in, engrave =in-in-2+tagliare to cut < LL tāliāre; see tailor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. intaglio printing, intaglio, gravure(noun)

    a printing process that uses an etched or engraved plate; the plate is smeared with ink and wiped clean, then the ink left in the recesses makes the print

  2. intaglio, diaglyph(noun)

    glyptic art consisting of a sunken or depressed engraving or carving on a stone or gem (as opposed to cameo)


  1. intaglio(Noun)

    A design or piece of art which is engraved or etched into something.

  2. Origin: from intagliare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intaglio(noun)

    a cutting or engraving; a figure cut into something, as a gem, so as to make a design depressed below the surface of the material; hence, anything so carved or impressed, as a gem, matrix, etc.; -- opposed to cameo. Also used adjectively


  1. Intaglio

    Intaglio is the family of printing and printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface, and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink. It is the direct opposite of a relief print. Normally, copper or zinc plates are used as a surface or matrix, and the incisions are created by etching, engraving, drypoint, aquatint or mezzotint. Collagraphs may also be printed as intaglio plates.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Intaglio

    name given to a gem with a design incised in the surface.

Anagrams of intaglio

  1. ligation

Translations for intaglio

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a design, ornament etc carved from wood, stone etc.

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