clair-obscure

or clare-ob·scure

[klair-uh b-skyoo r]

noun


Nearby words

  1. claimsman,
  2. clair,
  3. clair de lune,
  4. clair, rené,
  5. clair-de-lune,
  6. clairaudience,
  7. clairaut,
  8. clairaut equation,
  9. clairaut, alexis claude,
  10. claire

Origin of clair-obscure

1710–20; < French, translation of Italian chiaroscuro chiaroscuro; see clear, obscure

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British Dictionary definitions for clair-obscure

clair-obscure

noun

another word for chiaroscuro

Word Origin for clair-obscure

C18: from French, literally: clear-obscure

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