[waw-ter-kuhl-er, wot-er-]


a pigment for which water and not oil is used as the vehicle.
the art or technique of painting with such pigments.
a painting or design executed in such pigments by this technique.

Origin of watercolor

First recorded in 1590–1600; water + color
Related formswa·ter-col·or, adjectivewa·ter·col·or·ist, noun
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Word Origin and History for watercolor

1590s, "pigment that dissolves in water," from water (n.1) + color. Meaning "picture painted in watercolors" is attested from 1854.

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