wa·​ter·​col·​or | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkə-lər How to pronounce watercolor (audio) , 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 How to pronounce watercolorist (audio) , 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 Also in this area, visual artists will demonstrate techniques such as printmaking, watercolor painting and ceramic-making, and the Musical Instrument Museum will offer a chance to try instruments as part of its Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Phoenix Festival of the Arts is kid-friendly and dog-friendly. Here's what you can do there," 10 Dec. 2019 Across the room from the Jordan sisters was artist and graphic designer William Sutton Jr., who was featuring several of his watercolor paintings under his Eye See Art Productions venture. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "The rain didn't keep Louisville shoppers from supporting Small Business Saturday," 30 Nov. 2019 Neill combines traditional drawing, printmaking and watercolor painting with contemporary devices and techniques. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At American University Museum, a world of atmosphere," 28 Nov. 2019 The 15 Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch This Holiday Season That’s how Hanks plays him, in a performance that’s more a gentle watercolor re-creation than an act of overt mimicry, which would be the easier route. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," 22 Nov. 2019 The watercolors in the exhibit show his working process. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Mystic one of handful of cities to nab touring watercolor exhibit of J.M.W. Turner," 17 Oct. 2019 But the result is a scrapbook of happier times, a feeling that’s captured, too, by the whimsical watercolor illustrations by Elisa Cunningham. Washington Post, "Cooking can be therapeutic. For Ella Risbridger, it saved her life.," 27 Aug. 2019 Use a sponge to dab on some pastels for a watercolor-meets-tie-dye vibe. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "25 Homecoming Nail Ideas That'll Help You Stand Out," 25 June 2019 Charles is an extraordinary watercolor painter who can capture the raw beauty and essence of our varied New England landscapes. Kitty Leshay, courant.com, "Charles McCaughtry Exhibit Featured At The Fletcher," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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11 Jan 2020

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“Watercolor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watercolor. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce watercolor (audio) , 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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