watercolor

noun
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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According to Zenit, adding alcohol to the watercolor paint can prevent it. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 The brand offers a variety of gorgeous, colorful prints; this one in particular features a reversible watercolor design on the front with a more subtle botanical print on the back. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Duvet Covers, According to Textile Experts," 21 Dec. 2018 Tap our link in bio to shop this watercolor moon print from @boundlove. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "6 Online Jobs for Teens That Pay Major $$$," 29 Nov. 2018 The result is small, smooth white boxes with watercolor-like designs on the inside—no shoes included. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Marie Kondo's Revolutionary New Product Is...a Shoebox," 24 July 2018 In a nod to the artistic technique of pouring paint on canvas, Cruz suspends chrysalises above watercolor paper. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 The exhibition also includes figurative watercolor drawings inspired by Lee’s dreams, feminamorphic tree sculptures in clay, a rifle made of chocolate and an 82-foot long horizontal drawing documenting Lee’s walk along the DMZ. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Review: At the Korean DMZ, reunification through one artist's strange lens," 7 July 2018 There’s nothing dry or rarefied about those — or the five (excellent) watercolors by his mother. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "A different lens for Winslow Homer," 28 June 2018 The 10 unique stamps each feature two watercolor popsicles, which can indeed be both scratched AND sniffed. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "An underwater hotel room, a 'Men in Black' spinoff and more conversation starters for your weekend," 1 June 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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watercolor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of watercolor

: a type of paint that is mixed with water

: a picture painted with watercolors

watercolor

noun
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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