Definition of overpaint in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈpānt/


[with object]
Cover with a layer of paint.
Example sentences
  • Even so, a substantial part of the painting was executed, and was carefully preserved after Leonardo's departure from Florence in 1506 until the 1560s, when Vasari overpainted it.
  • A counterpoint to Das Wunder, it is abstractly overpainted with arabesques of yellow and white and ornamented with a garland of the eyes that figure in its title.
  • For example, the painting may look perfect, but if a tear has been patched up or a restorer has overpainted it (painted over the original colour), this will show up under an expert eye and will lower its value.


Paint added as a covering layer.
Example sentences
  • His latest prize is the recently discovered Rembrandt self-portrait dated 1634, which was hidden for more than 300 years behind layers of overpaint.
  • Moreover, what was the point of replacing old overpaint with new, for how could a work painted mainly by others be honestly identified as a Turner?
  • However, upon analysis it was discovered that all this loose matter was overpaint not by Turner but by others.

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Syllabification: o·ver·paint

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