Definition of giclee in English:


Line breaks: gi¦clee
Pronunciation: /ˈʒiːkleɪ


[mass noun]
  • 1A digital printing process in which an ink-jet printer is used to produce a high-quality art print: giclee is the only printing technique that captures the essence of my watercolors [as modifier]: limited-edition giclee prints
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    • Others are printed using the giclee process, where long-lasting inks are laid onto various types of art papers.
    • The vast majority, 83 percent, say that more education is needed to help them inform their clients about giclee printing.
    • Newcomers to the art business today might not realize that there was not a printmaking technique called "giclee" a decade ago.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A print produced using the giclee process: 65 per cent of galleries now sell giclees
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    • Today, according to the recent Art Business News POP Survey, giclees are the leading type of print art dealers and gallery owners have added to their inventories.
    • Her customers, she added, also like the look of giclees, especially those printed on canvas.
    • He recently began to distribute the work of more than 20 artists whose works are printed as giclees.


1990s: from French giclée 'spurt, squirt'.

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