Definition of polychrome in English:

polychrome

Syllabification: pol·y·chrome
Pronunciation: /ˈpäliˌkrōm
 
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adjective

Painted, printed, or decorated in several colors.
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  • Some were beautifully illustrated in color; no doubt providing the source of some of the polychrome flower painting that sometimes complemented black and white penwork in the late 1820s and 1830s.
  • Fabrics varied, and included calendared or glazed fabrics of wool, plain or floral printed calicos and muslins, and glazed chintz monochrome or polychrome prints.
  • Ukiyo-e prints began to be produced in the late 17th century, but in 1764 Harunobu produced the first polychrome print.

noun

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1Varied coloring.
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  • Now though, in its restored polychrome of ochres, greens and blues, it harmonises perfectly with the building's essentially Italianate feel.
  • It could not have been lustred, and the bright polychrome is entirely out of key with the blue and gold of the other tiles.
  • The Nyoirin Kannon is described as decorated by saishiki, or polychrome, by the Kanshinji Register, which also notes the lecture hall guardian statue, Bishamontenno, as having saishiki decoration.
1.1A work of art in several colors, especially a statue.
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  • This piece also reflects the fact that colors and surfaces change over time, so that monochromes frequently evolve into polychromes, or lose their original texture, hue or intensity.
  • The discovery made international headlines, and specialists arrived from Poland to examine the find - polychromes depicting colorful, fanciful figures, some with faces bearing a striking resemblance to Felix Landau and his mistress.
  • All his polychromes were thought to have been lost or defaced, until some of them were accidentally found just two years ago, hidden under whitewash and plaster, by a German film team making a documentary on the writer.

verb

[with object] (usually as adjective polychromed) Back to top  
Execute or decorate (a work of art) in several colors.
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  • In 1911 he met Braque, and between 1914 and 1915 he produced the Constructions series, polychromed wood and plaster sculptures with an emphatic frontality, which investigated juxtapositions of volume.
  • The tomb consists of a prominent polychromed alabaster effigy of the duke lying in state on a slab of heavy black marble surrounded by heraldic symbols.
  • Similarly, it is typical for bodhisattva statues and those of deva or lesser deities to be polychromed.

Origin

early 19th century: from French, from Greek polukhrōmos, from polu- 'many' + khrōma 'color'.

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