1A reddish-brown color associated particularly with monochrome photographs of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
- Old sepia photographs of the new arrivals, dressed proudly in suits, ties and bowler hats soon gave way to faded images of a population transformed into farmers, builders and engineers.
- The colour is a kind of brownish sepia and reminds one of old, well-loved photographs.
- With skin tone colors of apricot, tan, sepia, mahogany, salmon, raw sienna, and burnt sienna, white was used primarily to alter shades and create a layered tint.
1.1A brown pigment prepared from a black fluid secreted by cuttlefish, used in monochrome drawing and in watercolors.
- In the history of ink, which is rapidly coming to an end, the ancient world turns from the use of India ink to adopt sepia.
- This little collection comprises ten porcelain and eight copper examples, all very carefully painted in polychrome enamels, sepia, and encre de Chine.
- I bought several bottles of sepia ink in a Paris ink shop today, as I've used almost a bottle of brown ink on this tour.
1.2A drawing done with sepia.
1.3A blackish fluid secreted by a cuttlefish as a defensive screen.
- At the end of the 18th century it gained in popularity as a drawing medium because a reliable method of chemical extraction was discovered which produced a concentrated ink from the natural sepia.
- Avoid getting the sepia on your floatation suits, nothing marks like cuttle ink.
Of a reddish-brown color: old sepia photographs
Late Middle English (denoting a cuttlefish): via Latin from Greek sēpia 'cuttlefish'. The current senses date from the early 19th century.
For editors and proofreaders
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.