Definition of cire perdue in US English:

cire perdue


  • another term for lost wax
    • ‘They have been beautifully inscribed on both sides of the tablet, either from a mould using the cire perdue (lost wax) technique or, more probably, by direct engraving on the bronze.’
    • ‘Most of the main metalworking techniques were well developed, including casting (in two piece and cire perdue (lost wax) moulds), alloying, annealing, sheet metalwork, riveting, wire-making, graving, and soldering.’
    • ‘The lost-wax process (cire perdue) remains the tried and true method.’


French, ‘lost wax’.


cire perdue

/ˌsir pərˈdyo͞o/