ornamentation with a figure or design sunk below the surface.
a gem, seal, piece of jewelry, or the like, cut with an incised or sunken design.
an incised or countersunk die.
a figure or design so produced.
a process in which a design, text, etc., is engraved into the surface of a plate so that when ink is applied and the excess is wiped off, ink remains in the grooves and is transferred to paper in printing, as in engraving or etching.
an impression or printing from such a design, engraving, etc.
verb (used with object)
to incise or display in intaglio.
1635-45; < Italian, derivative of intagliare to cut in, engrave, equivalent to in-in-2 + tagliare to cut < Late Latintāliāre, derivative of Latintālea a cutting; see tally
It is usually cut en cabochon, or into beads, and is also used for intaglios and cameos.
British Dictionary definitions for intaglios
noun (pl) -lios, -li (-ljiː)
a seal, gem, etc, ornamented with a sunken or incised design, as opposed to a design in relief Compare cameo
the art or process of incised carving
a design, figure, or ornamentation carved, engraved, or etched into the surface of the material used
any of various printing techniques using an etched or engraved plate. The whole plate is smeared with ink, the surface wiped clean, and the ink in the recesses then transferred to the paper or other material
an incised die used to make a design in relief
intagliated (ɪnˈtɑːlɪˌeɪtɪd) adjective
C17: from Italian, from intagliare to engrave, from tagliare to cut, from Late Latin tāliāre; see tailor