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painterly

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adjective paint·er·ly \ˈpān-tər-lē\

Simple Definition of painterly

  • : typical of painters

  • : suggesting a painting : made in a way that reminds you of a painting

Full Definition of painterly

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or typical of a painter :  artistic <painterly attention to detail>

  2. 2 :  suggestive or characteristic of a painting or of the art of painting <painterly photography>; especially :  marked by an openness of form which is not linear and in which sharp outlines are lacking <painterly brushwork>

paint·er·li·ness noun

Examples of painterly

  1. He has a painterly eye.

  2. a painterly picture of the sea



Circa 1586

First Known Use of painterly

circa 1586


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