Definition of tête-bêche in English:

tête-bêche

Syllabification: tête-bêche
Pronunciation: /tātˈbeSH
 
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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 'placed with the head of one against the foot of the other'.

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