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plein air

play
adjective \ˌplān-ˈer; ple-ˈner\

Definition of plein air

  1. 1 :  of or relating to painting in outdoor daylight

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a branch of impressionism that attempts to represent outdoor light and air

plein·air·ism play \plā-ˈner-ˌi-zəm, ple-\ noun
plein·air·ist play \-ist\ noun


Origin of plein air

French, open air


First Known Use: 1894


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