grisaille

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noun gri·saille \gri-ˈzī, -ˈzāl\

Definition of grisaille

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

Origin and Etymology of grisaille

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


First Known Use: 1848


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