the art of employing many colors in decoration, as in painting or architecture.

Origin of polychromy

First recorded in 1855–60; polychrome + -y3
Related formspol·y·chro·mous, adjective
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Historical Examples of polychromy

  • The polychromy of the Doric temple was one of the most important features of its external appearance.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

British Dictionary definitions for polychromy



decoration in many colours, esp in architecture or sculpture
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