[im-pas-toh, -pah-stoh]

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.

Nearby words

  1. impassionately,
  2. impassioned,
  3. impassive,
  4. impassivity,
  5. impaste,
  6. impatent,
  7. impatience,
  8. impatiens,
  9. impatient,
  10. impawn

Origin of impasto

1775–85; < Italian, noun derivative of impastare to impaste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impasto



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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Word Origin and History for impasto



laying on of colors thickly," 1784, from Italian impasto, noun of action from impastare "to raise paste; to put in paste," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + pasta "paste" (see pasta).

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