mez·​zo·​tint | \ ˈmet-sō-ˌtint How to pronounce mezzotint (audio) , ˈmed-zō- How to pronounce mezzotint (audio) \

Definition of mezzotint

1 : a manner of engraving on copper or steel by scraping or burnishing a roughened surface to produce light and shade
2 : an engraving produced by mezzotint

Examples of mezzotint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Philadelphia engraver William Sartain, for one, came out with a flattering mezzotint of Jackson along with a group portrait of Jackson and his family, seated in a parlor decorated by statuettes of George Washington and John C. Calhoun. Harold Holzer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Northern Publishers Cashed In on Fundraising for Confederate Monuments," 7 July 2020 These spacious rooms are filled with treasures of their own, not least a vast collection of 18th century mezzotints, and on this occasion by the guests—including the absurdly handsome actor Quim Gutierrez. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "How Hamish Bowles Spent a Whirlwind 24 Hours in Madrid," 14 June 2018 Though the heart of her work — graphite and charcoal drawings, mezzotint and woodcut prints, paintings — is often described as dark, it has always been backlighted, in a sense, by California sun. Randy Kennedy, New York Times, "The Artist Vija Celmins Conjures Sea and Sky With a Brush," 9 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of mezzotint

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mezzotint

modification of Italian mezzatinta, from mezza (feminine of mezzo) + tinta tint

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“Mezzotint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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