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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Julee Jobe, an award-winning artist, instructor and gallery owner, will teach techniques to create a watercolor color painting that will be ready to frame and hang on your wall. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Golf tournament raises money for The Elizabeth Hospice," 24 June 2019 Then, the prime minister of Malta gifted the monarch a watercolor painting of the villa. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Revisiting Villa Guardamangia, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s Dreamy Malta Villa," 21 June 2019 The nonprofit social club has been active in the area for 20 years and offers presentations, art and garden tours, local excursions, card and board games, dine in and dine out groups, crafts and watercolor classes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Choir unites kids across borders," 8 June 2019 There’s a watercolor class every Thursday in June and an herbalism course on June 22. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Day at Queens Farm (and the Restaurants You Should Dig Into Afterward)," 5 June 2019 Menus were also printed with watercolor renderings from the brand's fledgling archive, which were echoed by the loveliest floral arrangements clustered on the tables. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Black Iris Launches its Latest Collection With a Dreamy Dinner," 23 May 2019 Indian art is also a leitmotif, the most splendid being oversize watercolors of fruit and flowers given to her by the present Duke of Beaufort. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside Lee Radziwill's Energetic Upper East Side Apartment," 8 May 2019 Each of the book’s 300-plus pages was hand-drawn with watercolor brushes and India ink on Bristol paper, then scanned and colored with Photoshop. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Soon, people all across Seattle will be reading this graphic novel. Meet its creator, Thi Bui.," 27 Mar. 2019 There's even a piece with royal pedigree: a pencil and watercolor piece created by Queen Victoria, who sketched and painted throughout her life, is on display. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Charles and Camilla Tour the Newly Renovated Fife Arms, Which Features Art by Queen Victoria," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of watercolor

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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