wood·​cut | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌkət How to pronounce woodcut (audio) \

Definition of woodcut

1 : a relief printing surface consisting of a wooden block with a usually pictorial design cut with the grain
2 : a print from a woodcut

Examples of woodcut in a Sentence

a collection of fine woodcuts
Recent Examples on the Web Her delicate, pastel-hued watercolor woodcut transfers suggest imminent tragedy given that the AIDS epidemic was on the horizon at the time her subjects were photographed. Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 Charlene Liu explores mark-making and image-making in an exhibition of new work in watercolor and woodcut prints. oregonlive, 31 Mar. 2021 Sarah Horowitz’s solo show of woodcut prints and ink drawings take bare branches, pine boughs and blue dill seed heads as their subject in this solo show. Briana Miller, oregonlive, 24 Mar. 2021 Two signatures—one pressed onto the painting with a woodcut stamp, the other scrawled by hand with a purple pencil—suggested the print might be a Dalí original. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Mar. 2020 Although Eve Stockton’s pictures are unusually large for woodcut prints, their scale suits her subjects, which include sea, sky and sun. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2020 Among her subjects are Mozart’s starling, who sang one of his early works back to him; Dürer’s rhinoceros, immortalized in a woodcut; and Darwin’s lovesick tortoise. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2020 The museum’s prints and drawings gallery will dive into color woodcuts created by a beloved American artist in the early and middle decades of the 20th century, including scenes of New Mexico, the Grand Canyon, and California. Steven Litt, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2020 Similarly, both writers’ characters are almost caricatures, woodcuts rather than watercolors. Edmund White, Harper's magazine, 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of woodcut

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Woodcut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodcut. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of woodcut

: a picture made from a woodcut

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