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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There were no sushi restaurants in her town, but Tempest enjoyed creating art, including pen and ink drawings, photography watercolor paintings and more. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "How Oona Tempest broke gender barriers to become one of America's top sushi chefs," 20 Aug. 2019 The nonprofit social club offers presentations, art and garden tours, local excursions and card and board games, dining groups, crafts and watercolor classes. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman’s Club donates $20,000 to Canine Companions," 12 Aug. 2019 Ruffner conceptualized the plants through watercolor paintings, and Kirkpatrick brought digital life, turning those paintings into 3-D holograms. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "This Artist Imagines How Nature Evolves Following an Environmental Apocalypse," 19 July 2019 Last spring’s Garden Show, which is an annual show, included work in felt, clay, oil paint, pastels and watercolors. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Cheyenne," 10 July 2019 Mortality is a subtle subtext in Dan McCleary’s ravishing exhibition of recent paintings, drawings and etchings, some hand-colored with pastels and watercolors. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Dan McCleary's paintings: Life at its peak beauty, but then what?," 14 June 2018 The mural unveiled Tuesday in Corpus Christi’s Molina neighborhood has three watercolor images of the Grammy-winning singer who was shot in 1995. USA TODAY, "Momoa at Mauna Kea, Confederate context, Guthrie garbage tribute: News from around our 50 states," 2 Aug. 2019 Here: the Magnitude necklace with 107-plus carats of Mozambique ruby beads mixed with cabochon rubies, watercolor tourmalines, turquoise amazonites, onyx, and diamonds. Vogue, "Haute Couture Jewelry Report: A New Generation Alights," 9 July 2019 July 12 will feature a Paint & Wine Night, and August has a walking tour of the gardens and a watercolor workshop. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Winter Park art museums have cure for summer doldrums," 2 July 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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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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