grisaille

noun gri·saille \ gri-ˈzī , -ˈzāl \
Updated on: 25 Apr 2018

Definition of grisaille

: decoration in tones of a single color and especially gray designed to produce a three-dimensional effect

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Origin and Etymology of grisaille

French, from gris gray, from Middle French — more at grizzle


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