noun Also, découpage [dey-koo-pahzh; French dey-koo-pazh] .
the art or technique of decorating something with cut-outs of paper, linoleum, plastic, or other flat material over which varnish or lacquer is applied.
work produced by the art or technique of decoupage.
verb (used with object), decoupaged, decoupaging.
to decorate by decoupage: walls decoupaged with photographs of movie stars.
to apply or use as decoupage or by decoupage technique: Let's decoupage these maps onto the tabletops.

1955–60; < French découpage a cutting out, equivalent to Middle French decoup(er) to cut out (de- de- + couper to cut; see coupé, coup) + -age -age Unabridged
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decoupage (ˌdeɪkuːˈpɑːʒ)
1.  the art or process of decorating a surface with shapes or illustrations cut from paper, card, etc
2.  anything produced by this technique
[C20: from French, from découper to cut out, from de- + couper to cut]

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Word Origin & History

1960, from Fr., lit. "the act of cutting out," from decouper "to cut out," from de- "out" + couper "to cut."
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(French: "cutting out"), the art of cutting and pasting cutouts to simulate painting on a wood, metal, or glass surface. There are many variations in technique, but the four basic steps of decoupage generally are cutting out the pictures, arranging them to depict a scene or tell a story, pasting them on a surface, and applying several (sometimes up to 12) thin coats of varnish or lacquer to the pictures.

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Example sentences
Decorate a small pot with paint or decoupage, and put a houseplant in it.
Brush a thin coat of decoupage glue onto a small area of the surface of the suitcase using a foam craft brush.
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