- a brown pigment obtained from the inklike secretion of various cuttlefish and used with brush or pen in drawing.
- a drawing made with this pigment.
- a dark brown.
- Photography. a print or photograph made in this color.
- any of several cuttlefish of the genus Sepia, producing a dark fluid used naturally for defense and, by humans, in ink.
- of a brown, grayish brown, or olive brown similar to that of sepia ink.
Origin of sepia
Examples from the Web for sepia
A sepia photo shows him as a young boy, head in his hands, with a large book open at a bar table.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
Painting Moominvalley in sepia to save print costs in The Great Flood, Jansson somehow makes it a riot of imagined color.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
Each of those women had a sepia photograph on the mantelpiece, of a young man in uniform.The Tragic, Heroic Women of World War I
June 29, 2014
Both play within a relatively constrained color palette rich in sepia yellow, with strategic daubs of sky blue and red.
With a book about Jane Franklin and her life of letters to her brother Benjamin, sepia yellow connotes yellowing papers.
This sulphide will give tones which are sepia brown with most papers.Bromide Printing and Enlarging
John A. Tennant
The natural was made from a black earth, or from the secretion of the cuttle-fish, sepia.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
All derived from cuttle-fish varieties of sepia used for baits.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
This food is chiefly the Squid or Sepia octopus, known also by the name of the cuttle-fish.Old Jack
That a sepia photograph of the Coliseum, framed, is a work of art.The American Credo
George Jean Nathan
- a dark reddish-brown pigment obtained from the inky secretion of the cuttlefish
- any cuttlefish of the genus Sepia
- a brownish tone imparted to a photograph, esp an early one such as a calotype. It can be produced by first bleaching a print (after fixing) and then immersing it for a short time in a solution of sodium sulphide or of alkaline thiourea
- a brownish-grey to dark yellowish-brown colour
- a drawing or photograph in sepia
- of the colour sepia or done in sepiaa sepia print
Word Origin and History for sepia
"rich brown pigment," 1821, from Italian seppia "cuttlefish" (borrowed with that meaning in English by 1560s), from Latin sepia "cuttlefish," from Greek sepia "cuttlefish," related to sepein "to make rotten" (cf. sepsis). The color was that of brown paint or ink prepared from the fluid secretions of the cuttlefish. Meaning "a sepia drawing" is recorded from 1863.