[ fohv ]
/ foʊv /
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(sometimes lowercase) any of a group of French artists of the early 20th century whose works are characterized chiefly by the use of vivid colors in immediate juxtaposition and contours usually in marked contrast to the color of the area defined.
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Origin of Fauve
1910–15; <French: wild beast, noun use of fauve wild, literally, tawny <Germanic; see fallow2
OTHER WORDS FROM FauveFauvism, nounFauvist, noun
Words nearby Fauve
Faustian bargain, Faustus, faut, faute de mieux, fauteuil, Fauve, faux, fauxbourdon, faux-naïf, faux pas, fava bean
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How to use Fauve in a sentence
In managing the wild instincts of the scarce manageable bête fauve my powers would revel.Shirley|Charlotte Bront
Fauve is always used of what is dark and gloomy, just as vermeil is always applied to what is bright and pleasant.La Lgende des Sicles|Victor Hugo
Its mass is irregular, its colour fauve; it is hard and compact, and pierced with small holes.The Ocean World:|Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for Fauve
/ (French fov) /
one of a group of French painters prominent from 1905, including Matisse, Vlaminck, and Derain, characterized by the use of bright colours and simplified forms
(often not capital) of this group or its style
Derived forms of FauveFauvism, nounFauvist, noun, adjective
Word Origin for Fauve
C20: from French, literally: wild beast, alluding to the violence of colours, etc
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