[ waw-ter-kuhl-er, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌkʌl ər, ˈwɒt ər- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. waterboarding,
  2. waterborne,
  3. waterbrain,
  4. waterbuck,
  5. waterbury,
  6. watercolour,
  7. watercourse,
  8. watercraft,
  9. watercress,
  10. waterdog

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 watercolorist



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper