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A technique of decorating metal in which areas that have been hollowed out, as by incising, are filled with colored enamel and fired.
[French : champ, field (from Old French, from Latin campus); see campus + levé, raised; see levee2.]
champlevé(ʃɑ̃lve; English ˌʃæmpləˈveɪ)
(Ceramics) of or relating to a process of enamelling by which grooves are cut into a metal base and filled with enamel colours
(Ceramics) an object enamelled by this process
[C19: from champ field (level surface) + levé raised]
adj., n., pl. -vés (-ˈveɪ, -ˈveɪz) adj.
1. being or made by an enameling technique in which the enamel is fused onto incised or hollowed areas of a metal base.n.
2. the technique itself.
[1855–60; < French, past participle of champlever to lift]