Definition of aquarelle in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The technique of painting with thin, transparent watercolours (as distinct from gouache)

    ‘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 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.’
    • ‘She studied Graphic Art in Munich and during a three year-stay in California continued work-study in aquarelle, printing and ceramics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He studied aquarelle in London and went to Italy on Scholarship.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A painting made using the technique of aquarelle.
      • ‘It is indeed a masterpiece of delicate and polished orchestration and as he said, an aquarelle by a great landscape painter.’
      • ‘Trembling in every limb, hot and cold by turns, we bid for and carried off the aquarelle.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Along with teaching he made graphics and painted aquarelles of small-town views and landscapes.’


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