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1 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 [syn: intaglio printing, gravure]
2 glyptic art consisting of a sunken or depressed engraving or carving on a stone or gem (as opposed to cameo) [syn: diaglyph] [also: intagli (pl)]

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from intagliare.


IPA: /ɪn'tælɪəʊ/


  1. a design or piece of art which is engraved or etched into something
    • 1973: On a wooden pub sign daringly taken, one daylight raid, by a drunken Bartley Gobbitch, across which still survives in intaglio the legend SNIPE AND SHAFT, Teddy Bloat is mincing bananas with a great isosceles knife — Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow




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Extensive Definition

Intaglio may refer to: Intaglio may also be:
  • Intaglio, the annual international business school meet of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
  • Intaglio, a vector-based drawing program for Mac OS X, published by Purgatory Design webpage
  • INTAgLIO, in business it refers to a person who makes a significant lasting impression on people, processes and programs
It is also an Italian word that means the activity of carving (mainly) wood for decorative purposes (for example, in furniture).
intaglio in German: Intaglio
intaglio in Norwegian: Intaglio

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

anaglyph, aquatint, bas-relief, boss, burin, cameo, cameo glass, cast, cavo-rilievo, cerography, chalcography, crayon engraving, cribbling, cut glass, die, drypoint, embossment, engraving tool, etching, etching ball, etching ground, etching needle, etching point, form, glyph, glyptograph, graver, high relief, intaglio rilevato, intaglio rilievo, last, low relief, mask, matrix, medal, medallion, metal cut, mezzotint, mint, mold, needle, negative, photoengraving, plaquette, plate engraving, point, punch, pyrogravure, relief, relief method, relievo, rocker, scorper, sculptured glass, seal, shoe last, stamp, steel engraving, style, template, wood engraving, woodburning, woodcut, zincography
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