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watercolour

US watercolor

noun
    1. Also called: pure watercolourwater-soluble pigment, applied in transparent washes and without the admixture of white pigment in the lighter tones
    2. any water-soluble pigment, including opaque kinds such as gouache and tempera
    1. a painting done in watercolours
    2. (as modifier)a watercolour masterpiece
  1. the art or technique of painting with such pigments
Derived Formswatercolourist or US watercolorist, noun
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Examples from the Web for watercolour

Historical Examples

  • For these you will need pen and ink and a box of watercolour paints.

    The Child's Rainy Day Book

    Mary White

  • Cut from watercolour paper two pieces in the shape shown in Fig. 92.

  • The watercolour drawings for his Walter Scott plates, again, are admirable.

  • Alfred Fripp, the watercolour painter, and Fred Goodall became members about the same time.

  • Watercolour, she felt, seemed somehow nearer the Commandments than oils.

    The Pastor's Wife

    Elizabeth von Arnim