Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A painting done in transparent watercolors.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Water-color painting, or a painting in water-colors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A design or painting in thin transparent water colors; also, the mode of painting in such colors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A picture made by the application of watercolor through stencils, using a different stencil for each colour.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from obsolete Italian acquarella, water color, diminutive of acqua, water, from Latin aqua; see akw-ā- in Indo-European roots.]

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Borrowing from French aquarelle, from Italian acquarello, watercolour.

Examples

  • Wonderful to see Tessa - associated in my mind with the "aquarelle" of the tulips and the Spring cleaning of your 'writing room' ... and now, being such a perfect 'companion' in Tulette and ... your private photographer!

    aubade - French Word-A-Day

  • Wonderful to see Tessa - associated in my mind with the "aquarelle" of the tulips and the Spring cleaning of your 'writing room'... and now, being such a perfect 'companion' in Tulette and... your private photographer!

    aubade - French Word-A-Day

  • I find your “aquarelle” (= watercolour) very appealing because of its fresh, light and spontaneous qualities.

    la question mille francs - French Word-A-Day

  • I find your “aquarelle” = watercolour very appealing because of its fresh, light and spontaneous qualities.

    la question mille francs - French Word-A-Day

  • Pen, black pencill, brown ink, aquarelle 24cm x 37cm

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • These early forms of watercolor (called tempura and fresco) only needed the Chinese invention of paper, which was transmitted by the Arabs into Spain and from there into Europe, to make them into the modern art form we call watercolor or aquarelle.

    Alfredo Guati Rojo. Painting With Light - Museo Nacional De Acuarela

  • These early forms of watercolor (called tempura and fresco) only needed the Chinese invention of paper, which was transmitted by the Arabs into Spain and from there into Europe, to make them into the modern art form we call watercolor or aquarelle.

    Alfredo Guati Rojo. Painting With Light - Museo Nacional De Acuarela

  • Before him lay an aquarelle of softest colouring, all pale light and misty shadow; and these lyric tints, these shades and half shades, gripped his heart as the vivid hues of the south never had.

    The Way Home

  • At that hour there were beautiful faint colours in everything — tender green of leaves, pinkish brown of earth and tree-trunks — like aquarelle washes that would vanish in the later glare.

    Burmese Days

  • Her heart bounded and the blood flowed into her face, dyeing it like a thin wash of aquarelle.

    Burmese Days

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