Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for May 9, 2020 is:

decoupage • day-koo-PAHZH  • noun

1 : the art of decorating surfaces by applying cutouts (as of paper) and then coating with usually several layers of finish (such as lacquer or varnish)

2 : work produced by such art


Her eye was drawn to a small table that had been decorated with decoupage.

“… the Glen House is bathed in natural light, heated by hydroelectric power and dotted with bits of history along with whimsical artwork that celebrates nature just outside, respectfully (witness the deer head mounted above the fireplace; it’s a decoupage made from reclaimed fabric that picks up on the accents of the room).” — Moira McCarthy, The Boston Herald, 29 Jan. 2020

Did you know?

Decoupage originated in France in the 17th century as a means of artistically decorating pieces of furniture with pictures. It took a few centuries, but by the mid-20th century decoupage became a household name in American interior decoration. The word is fashioned from Middle French decouper, meaning “to cut out.” Decouper, in turn, pastes together the prefix de- (“from” or “away”) and couper (“to cut). Other descendants of couper include coppice (a growth of small trees that are periodically cut), coupé (a horse-drawn carriage for two with a driver outside and whose name is thought to be from French carrosse coupé, literally, “cut-off coach”), and the clear-cut coupon.

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