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 watercolor (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Blobs of bright blue, white, and pink were swirled together to create this abstract design that resembles watercolor art. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 5 May 2022 The acrylic, mixed-media and watercolor images lost in the fire were part of the largest gift of art in the history of Sonoma State, valued at more than $2 million. Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Wandering through those watercolor memories, Mimi records sounds, takes photos, and grabs stray words from her thoughts to collect in a journal that the player puts together at the end of each in-game day. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2022 This week also includes both a classical music event and a watercolor art show that can be attended virtually. oregonlive, 20 Apr. 2022 The play is structured as an intimate collection of memories roughly organized around a set of rules about the basics of driving, as if someone had sneaked in a series of watercolor portraits between the pages of a driver’s manual. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 And, from an early-19th-century watercolor, about a mask used to prevent enslaved people from eating dirt, a form of protest and slow suicide. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Precise, expressive watercolor illustrations by the author were the trademark of her books, which have now sold hundreds of millions of copies. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 In other words, her subjects are light, reflection and transparency, all rendered with a vividness unexpected of watercolor. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Watercolor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watercolor. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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