watercolor

noun
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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Have any members of the rising generation of high-tech squillionaires ever looked at a watercolor by Cézanne or seen a dance by George Balanchine? Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Where Did All the Patrons Go?," 13 Feb. 2019 In Renato Moriconi’s delicate watercolor illustrations, our hero sees off such dread opponents as cyclopes brandishing spears and cloud demons shooting lightning. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: James Baldwin’s Tale of Childhood in Harlem," 23 Aug. 2018 Cedric Johnson created his complex, swirling pattern with colored pencils, markers, and acrylic paint, while Aurie Ramirez painted her flying unicorn with pastel watercolors. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Method Soap Bottles Get a Colorful Makeover Thanks to Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center," 5 Feb. 2019 Those invites were designed by watercolor artist Lisa Hardy and best man Ian Ritch. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Two Ultra-Stylish Brides Dreamed Up the Ultimate Countryside Wedding," 21 Feb. 2019 Karen Pence, a former teacher and award-winning watercolor artist, spent about four months painting the illustrations from the private living room on the second floor of the vice presidential residence — which is where Marlon lives. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "A day in the life of Vice President Pence — through the book of his rabbit, Marlon Bundo," 16 Mar. 2018 Pushing makeup into the realm of watercolor painting, abstract, multicolored washes of color encased the gazes at Eckhaus Latta, while nail statements veered into jewelry territory with arresting pearl detail at Adeam. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Beauty Trends That Ruled the New York Runways This Weekend," 11 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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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