Definition of tempera
1 : a process of painting in which an albuminous or colloidal medium (such as egg yolk) is employed as a vehicle instead of oil; also : a painting done in tempera
2 : poster color
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Someone had crudely daubed the keys with red and yellow tempera paint.
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Origin and Etymology of tempera
Italian, literally, temper, from temperare to temper, from Latin
First Known Use: 1832See Words from the same year
TEMPERA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tempera for English Language Learners
: a kind of paint in which the color is mixed with water and usually egg
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