wa·ter·col·or | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkə-lər, ˈwä-\

Definition of watercolor 

1 : a paint of which the liquid is a water dispersion of the binding material (such as glue, casein, or gum)

2 : the art or method of painting with watercolors

3 : a picture or design executed in watercolors

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Other Words from watercolor

watercolor adjective
watercolorist \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkə-lə-rist, ˈwä- \ noun

Examples of watercolor in a Sentence

a landscape done in watercolor He only works in watercolors. We bought a watercolor of the shore.
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Recent Examples on the Web

At the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, check out the gallery dedicated to Old West artist Edward Borein, whose etchings, watercolors, and drawings honor the region’s traditional vaqueros. sbhistorical.org. Sunset, "Santa Barbara Guidebook: What to See & Do Now," 22 Jan. 2018 Rosen’s verse pairs with Fellows’s watercolors to vividly describe the experiences of horses and their caretakers. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Voyages, animals, beauty for the youngest readers," 11 June 2018 Which is a good thing, because where those formulas can stay moist and slip and slide throughout the day (and glom onto your phone in the grossest way), the Face & Body has a thin, watercolor quality to it that sinks into your skin. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Meghan Markle’s Wedding Foundation Is Exactly as Good as It Looked," 15 June 2018 Visual artist Kim McNett of Homer will refine her use of color by working in watercolor, colored pencil and other mixed media. Anchorage Daily News, "Rasmuson Foundation announces 2018 award winners; Alvin Amason named ‘distinguished artist’," 11 May 2018 Art Classes with Sandy This mixed media art class features watercolors, acrylic and ink work. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Hollywood Beach Community Center, 1301 S. Ocean Drive. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Jody Zellen's music drawings, Pam Posey's watercolor sketches, and Annetta Kapon's cut-paper collages answer this need. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "One bed photo per day, for years and years: Mesmerizing moments from an art show about daily life," 9 Apr. 2018 More than 80 of those works—in ink, pastel, watercolor, gouache, and pencil, most of them never seen before—offer a glimpse into the imagery that has inspired Brown for the past two decades. Rachel Corbett, Town & Country, "Cecily Brown's First Solo Museum Exhibition Is Her Most Personal Show To Date," 31 Oct. 2016 Their works include paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, photographs, prints, collages, mixed media and pastels. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of watercolor

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of watercolor was in 1596

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English Language Learners Definition of watercolor

: a type of paint that is mixed with water

: a picture painted with watercolors


wa·ter·col·or | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkə-lər, ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of watercolor

1 : a paint whose liquid part is water

2 : a picture painted with watercolor

3 : the art of painting with watercolor

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