from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The technique of using light and shade in pictorial representation.
- n. The arrangement of light and dark elements in a pictorial work of art.
- n. A woodcut technique in which several blocks are used to print different shades of a color.
- n. A woodcut print made by this technique.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An artistic technique developed during the Renaissance, referring to the use of exaggerated light contrasts in order to create the illusion of volume.
- n. A monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color.
- n. The use of blocks of wood of different colors in a woodcut.
- n. A photographic technique in which one side of a face (for example) is well lit and the other is in shadow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The arrangement of light and dark parts in a work of art, such as a drawing or painting, whether in monochrome or in color.
- n. The art or practice of so arranging the light and dark parts as to produce a harmonious effect. Cf. clair-obscur.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Light and shade; specifically, the general distribution of light and shade in a picture, whether painted, drawn, or engraved— that is, the combined effect of all its lights, shadows, and reflections. Strictly speaking, however, every object on which light strikes has its own chiaroscuro.
- n. A drawing in black and white.
- n. A method of printing engravings from several blocks representing lighter and darker shades, used especially in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; also, an engraving so printed.
- Of or pertaining to light and shade in painting, drawing, or engraving.
- Also clair-obscure, clare-obscure.
- n. A style of painting on enameled pottery practised by the Italian potters.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color
Italian : chiaro, bright, light (from Latin clārus, clear; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots) + oscuro, dark (from Latin obscūrus; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian, from chiaro ("light") + oscuro ("dark") (Wiktionary)