Definition of aquarelle in English:


Line breaks: aqua|relle
Pronunciation: /ˌakwəˈrɛl


[mass noun]
1The technique of painting with thin, transparent watercolours (as distinct from gouache): a cover illustrated in aquarelle
More example sentences
  • In order to be topical, the exhibited painters were given the option of working with water-based techniques (acrylic, aquarelle, tempera, etc.).
  • She studied Graphic Art in Munich and during a three year-stay in California continued work-study in aquarelle, printing and ceramics.
  • He studied aquarelle in London and went to Italy on Scholarship.
1.1 [count noun] A painting made using the technique of aquarelle.
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  • In her tiny showing, her rose paintings seem as wispy as the aquarelles of some cooing Edwardian maiden lady celebrating the beauties of copse and dell.
  • It is indeed a masterpiece of delicate and polished orchestration and as he said, an aquarelle by a great landscape painter.
  • A long month later he returned my description and aquarelle of ‘rossica Nabokov’ with only two words scribbled on the back of my letter; ‘bucovinensis Hormuzaki.’


mid 19th century: from French, from Italian acquarella 'watercolour', diminutive of acqua, from Latin aqua 'water'.

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