Definition of tête-bêche in English:

tête-bêche

Line breaks: tête-bêche
Pronunciation: /ˌtɛtˈbɛʃ
 
, tɛtbɛʃ/

adjective

(Of a postage stamp) printed upside down or sideways relative to another.
More example sentences
  • One of the finest known, original gum examples of the tête-bêche pair of 1856 Finland 5-kopek stamps from the Bill Gross Scandinavian Collection will be offered by Spink Shreves Galleries with a pre-sale estimate of $50,000 to $75,000 in a public auction on May 16, 2008.
  • The design takes advantage of the tête-bêche printing format, using it to enhance the impact of the designs.
  • The title is a Chinese translation of tête-bêche, which describes stamps that are printed top to bottom facing each other.

Origin

French, from tête 'head' and bêche, contraction of obsolete béchevet 'double bedhead'.

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