wood·​cut ˈwu̇d-ˌkət How to pronounce woodcut (audio)
: a relief printing surface consisting of a wooden block with a usually pictorial design cut with the grain
: a print from a woodcut

Example Sentences

a collection of fine woodcuts
Recent Examples on the Web This woodcut, adapted in the first episode of Cosmos to depict Bruno, originated in a 19th-century popular science text. Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine, 10 Mar. 2014 This woodcut was later created based on accounts from the time. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 17 Aug. 2020 Covering an entire wall was an outsize reproduction of a woodcut from a 1557 book by the German explorer Hans Staden. Meghie Rodrigues Luisa Dörr, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2022 Each created a woodcut print on the theme of Human Rights. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 22 Aug. 2022 The simple text, presented in an easy Q&A format, and the colorful digital woodcut illustrations work together perfectly for both kids who are already comfortable outside and those who are still a bit reluctant. Betsy Groban, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 Exhibit features collection of woodcut prints with a sociopolitical theme. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 29 May 2022 They are inspired by Chinese and East/Southeast Asian folk art, such as traditional woodcut prints, mystical animals, and folk deities. Angela Qian, Vogue, 27 May 2022 New Orleans artist Katrina Andry had a terrific series of woodcut prints at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art that playfully, fantastically took on race and beauty among Black women. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, 7 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of woodcut was in 1662

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“Woodcut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodcut. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


wood·​cut -ˌkət How to pronounce woodcut (audio)
: a printing surface having a raised design carved from a block of wood
: a print from a woodcut

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