plein air

adjective \ ˌplān-ˈer ; ple-ˈner \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of plein air

1 : of or relating to painting in outdoor daylight
2 : of or relating to a branch of impressionism that attempts to represent outdoor light and air

pleinairism

play \plā-ˈner-ˌi-zəm, ple-\ noun

pleinairist

play \plā-ˈner-ist, ple-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of plein air

French, open air


plein air

French adjective \ ple-ner \

Definition of plein air

: open-air : outdoor

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