Definition of repoussoir in English:

repoussoir

noun

  • 1Painting. An object in the foreground of a composition (typically to one side), which serves to lead the viewer's eye into the principal scene or towards the principal figure, emphasizing this and increasing the sense of depth.

  • 2In extended use and figurative.

Origin

Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From French repoussoir from repousser + -oir.

Pronunciation

repoussoir

/rɪˈpuːswɑː/