[ ak-wuh-rel, ah-kwuh-; French a-kwa-rel ]
/ ˌæk wəˈrɛl, ˌɑ kwə-; French a kwaˈrɛl /

noun, plural aq·ua·relles [ak-wuh-relz; French a-kwa-rel] /ˌæk wəˈrɛlz; French a kwaˈrɛl/.

a watercolor.
Printing. a printed picture that has been colored manually by applying watercolor through stencils, each color requiring a different stencil.

Origin of aquarelle

1865–70; < French < Italian acquarella (now obsolete) watercolor, equivalent to Latin aquār(ius) of water (see aquarium) + Italian -ella -elle

Related forms

aq·ua·rel·list, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aquarelle


/ (ˌækwəˈrɛl) /


a method of watercolour painting in transparent washes
a painting done in this way

Derived Forms

aquarellist, noun

Word Origin for aquarelle

C19: from French
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