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[gwahsh, goo-ahsh; French gwash] /gwɑʃ, guˈɑʃ; French gwaʃ/
noun, plural gouaches
[gwah-shiz, goo-ah-shiz; French gwash] /ˈgwɑ ʃɪz, guˈɑ ʃɪz; French ˈgwaʃ/ (Show IPA),
for 3.
a technique of painting with opaque watercolors prepared with gum.
an opaque color used in painting a gouache.
a work painted using gouache.
Origin of gouache
1880-85; < French < Italian guazzo place where there is water ≪ Latin aquātiō, derivative of aqua water
Can be confused
gauche, gouache. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gouache
Historical Examples
  • He worked in gouache and his style is said to have influenced Hall.

  • The paper mount is painted in gouache; and on the reverse is a view of a fort.

    History of the Fan George Woolliscroft Rhead
  • The leaf, which has been removed from the stick, is of paper, painted in gouache.

    History of the Fan George Woolliscroft Rhead
  • gouache laughed a little and looked at Orsino as though asking his opinion.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • The hounds did not meet on that day, or he would not have been at gouache's at all.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • "gouache is an old friend of yours, I suppose," observed the lady.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • Maria Consuelo listened to gouache's extraordinary remarks with a smile.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • This was evidently the silent maid of whom gouache had spoken.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • "I daresay you would have talent," gouache answered, still laughing.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • "You can afford to speak lightly of what is so precious to others," said gouache, gallantly.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for gouache


Also called body colour. a painting technique using opaque watercolour paint in which the pigments are bound with glue and the lighter tones contain white
the paint used in this technique
a painting done by this method
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Italian guazzo puddle, from Latin aquātiō a watering place, from aqua water
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Word Origin and History for gouache

1882, from French gouache, from Italian guazzo "water color," originally "spray, pool," from Latin aquatio "watering, watering place," from aquatus, past participle of aquari "to bring water for drinking," from aqua (see aqua-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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