Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

bister

noun bis·ter \ˈbis-tər\

Definition of bister

  1. 1 :  a yellowish-brown to dark brown pigment used in art

  2. 2 :  a grayish to yellowish brown

bistered play \-tərd\ adjective


Variants of bister

or bistre play \ˈbis-tər\

Origin of bister

French bistre


First Known Use: circa 1751


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bister? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

expressing little or no emotion

Get Word of the Day daily email!