[klair-uh b-skyoo r]



or clare-ob·scure

[klair-uh b-skyoo r]


Origin of clair-obscure

1710–20; < French, translation of Italian chiaroscuro chiaroscuro; see clear, obscure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clare-obscure

Historical Examples of clare-obscure

  • Colannah nodded acquiescence, the stately feathers on his head gleaming fitfully in the clare-obscure of the cavern.

    The Frontiersmen

    Charles Egbert Craddock

  • The eyes, growing accustomed to the clare-obscure, still distinguish pretty well what is taking place.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces

    Camille Flammarion

  • I also saw a piano in the clare-obscure, and another door, half open, leading into the inner room.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

British Dictionary definitions for clare-obscure



another word for chiaroscuro

Word Origin for clair-obscure

C18: from French, literally: clear-obscure
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