Definition of aquarelle in English:


Pronunciation /ˌäkwəˈrel/ /ˌɑkwəˈrɛl/ /ˌakwəˈrel/ /ˌækwəˈrɛl/


  • 1A style of painting using thin, typically transparent, watercolors.

    ‘a cover illustrated in aquarelle’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She left Palestine in 1913 to study agriculture at Toulouse University, but on her way there she stopped for some months in Italy to study aquarelle.’
    • ‘She dedicated several years looking for new techniques and studying aquarelle, which can have, for an artist, the same potential than the much more concrete oil technique.’
    1. 1.1A painting made by using the aquarelle style.
      ‘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.’’
      • ‘Trembling in every limb, hot and cold by turns, we bid for and carried off the aquarelle.’
      • ‘Along with teaching he made graphics and painted aquarelles of small-town views and landscapes.’


Mid 19th century from French, from Italian acquarella ‘watercolor’, diminutive of acqua, from Latin aqua ‘water’.