[ im-pas-toh, -pah-stoh ]
/ ɪmˈpæs toʊ, -ˈpɑ stoʊ /

noun Painting.

the laying on of paint thickly.
the paint so laid on.
enamel or slip applied to a ceramic object to form a decoration in low relief.

Origin of impasto

1775–85; < Italian, noun derivative of impastare to impaste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for impasto

/ (ɪmˈpæstəʊ) /


paint applied thickly, so that brush and palette knife marks are evident
the technique of applying paint in this way

Word Origin for impasto

C18: from Italian, from impastare; see impaste
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