Definition of haut-relief in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌəʊrɪˈliːf


[mass noun] Sculpture
Another term for high relief (see relief (sense 4)).
More example sentences
  • The main carvings are in haut-relief on the stone facing of the cathedral, showing superb skill and craftsmanship.
  • They can be engraved, sculpted in bas-relief, in haut-relief and in certain cases they are cut out with varying degrees of openwork.
  • We have in our church painted pictures; we have sculptures, both bas-relief and haut-relief.


mid 19th century: French, literally 'high relief'.

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