Definition of mise en abyme in English:

mise en abyme

noun

(also mise-en-abîme)
Literature
  • (A term denoting) self-reflection within the structure of a literary work; a work employing self-reflection.

Pronunciation

mise en abyme

/ˌmiːz ɒn aˈbɪːm/ /ˌmiːz ɒn əˈbɪːm/

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in Yale French Studies. From French mise en abyme from mise + en into + abyme, variant of abîme, after mettre en abyme, in which abyme is used in the specifically heraldic sense of the centre of an escutcheon.